Wednesday Link-Off: The Great (Missed) Debate

Sorry I’m late with today’s set of links. I’ve spent the last couple of evenings playing Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC for review. Square Enix just moved the embargo date from Thursday to today so I can what I was playing. And, yes, it’s good. Probably better than 2013’s reboot but I’ve got about two-thirds of the game still to go.

Anyway, it’s Wednesday so it’s time for us to do the links. Let’s kick things off with Kate Beckinsale.

In sort of the inverse of the California ballot initiative requiring legislators to wear their donors on their sleeve, President Obama is contemplating an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to disclose who they donate to. (New York Times)

Donald Trump thinks he can shoot people and not lose any support. That might be true but would he no longer be eligible to hold office if convicted. (The Hill)

And Trump is planning to pull out of tomorrow’s GOP debate because Fox News has Megyn Kelly assigned as a moderator. Maybe it’s for the best because Trump can’t improve his standing in the debates. (Daily Intelligencer)

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Wednesday Link-Off: The Week That Is

kate-beckinsale-ama14-01I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen a single week in which so many major stories have broken or had developments. Between the grand jury and subsequent protests/riots in Ferguson, Jian Ghomeshi, Bill Cosby and the start of year-end lists, there is no shortage of interesting reads this week. It was a challenge to get it down to a manageable list for today’s links.

So let’s not waste any more time. Let’s start with Kate Beckinsale.

The Grand Jury hearing the case of Officer Darren Wilson, the man who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, declined to indict the police officer. It’s hard to believe considering the inconsistencies in Wilson’s story. (Vox)

And Grand Juries not approving indictments, the Grand Jury is often termed a prosecutor’s playground. It’s exceedingly rare for a Grand Jury not to indict but Robert McCulloch managed to pull that off in the biggest case of his career. (FiveThirtyEight)

Rape culture and the discourse around sexual assault is something that society is coming along on but is a far way from getting right. There is still a lot of troubling stigma over sexual assault. (Rolling Stone)

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Man Lab Showdown: Gina Carano vs. Kate Beckinsale

This weekend sees a new Hollywood star premiere in her first movie while another star returns to the franchise that made her a breakout star. Former-ish MMA fighter Gina Carano stars in Haywire which boasts a A-list cast and crew. Former sexiest woman alive Kate Beckinsale returns to the Underworld franchise in Awakening. And both brunette actresses are better known for their looks than their acting skills.

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Wednesday Link-Off: The Deal Breaker

kate-beckinsale-esquire-4Here’s this week’s sexiest woman alive Kate Beckinsale.

 The Phoenix Coyotes may be bankrupt but the news isn’t all bad for the NHL. They have the highest proportion of visitors making over $75,000 of any of the big four sports leagues. (Wall Street Journal)

How did Rio de Janeiro win the 2016 Olympics? The Governor of Tokyo says that political deal brokering earned them the votes they needed. (Around the Rings)

The Erin Andrews peephole videographer was arrested over the weekend. The FBI got a tip from TMZ that the man had tried to sell them the video. They’ve been sitting on that information since January and Deadspin’s A.J. Daulerio has been doing some sluthing. (Part 1, Part 2)

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