TIME republicans

Rudy Giuliani Tries to Clarify His Obama Comment

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John Minchillo—AP Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks in New York in 2014.

"What I mean is he doesn’t express it"

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani wants to set the record straight.

In the wake of his recent comment, in which he said he doesn’t believe President Barack Obama “loves America,” Giuliani called into Bloomberg PoliticsAll Due Respect to try and clarify what he actually intended to say.

“Well actually, if I could express it more clearly, what I mean is he doesn’t express it,” Giuliani said. “I shouldn’t say that the president does or does not love anything. I don’t know, I’m not a psychiatrist, and he doesn’t have one and he doesn’t need one.”

The former mayor said he doesn’t “doubt” that Obama loves the United States in the sense that he’s “a patriot, he believes in the Constitution, and he’s going to follow the laws of the United States.” Still, he didn’t back away from the gist of his earlier remarks: “from the way he talks, it sounds to me like a guy who has trouble expressing love for America,” Giuliani said.

Hear the full interview at Bloomberg

TIME movies

Settlers of Catan Could Be Turned Into a Movie

Producer Gail Katz has acquired the movie and television rights

The popular board game The Settlers of Catan could actually hit the big screen.

Gail Katz, a producer known for Air Force One and The Perfect Storm, has acquired the movie and television rights to adapt the strategy game, according to Deadline. In the game, players are tasked with developing strong communities and outwitting competitors for natural resources on the make-believe island of Catan.

Katz said in a statement that she was introduced to the game by her college-aged kids and called Catan “a vivid, visual, exciting and timeless world with classic themes that resonate today.” More than 22 million versions of Settlers have been sold, and downloads have topped 1.6 billion.

[Deadline]

 

TIME celebrities

Mo’Nique: I Was ‘Blackballed’ After Oscar Win

Actress and comedian opens up about not receiving major roles recently

Mo’Nique hasn’t appeared in any major films since 2010, when she received an Academy Award for her role in Precious, and the actress now says she has an idea why.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mo’Nique recalls a conversation months ago with producer and director Lee Daniels. “And he said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed,’” the comedian says. “And I said, ‘I’ve been blackballed? Why have I been blackballed?’ And he said, ‘Because you didn’t play the game.’”

Mo’Nique admits that offers for roles in many of Daniels’ productions, including the hit Fox show Empire, the film The Butler and an upcoming Richard Pryor biopic, didn’t come to fruition.

The actress didn’t go on the traditional media circuit ahead of her win, which she noted during her acceptance speech. In a statement to THR, Daniels said that although he considers Mo’Nique a friend, “her demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community.”

The comedian had a response to those who claim she’s tough to work with, too: “Whoever those people are who say, ‘Mo’Nique is difficult,’ those people are either heartless, ruthless or treat people like they’re worthless. And that’s unacceptable.”

[THR]

TIME Food & Drink

Chipotle Not Worried That Your Burrito Is a Total Calorie Bomb

“People can pick and choose exactly what―and how much―they eat,” a spokesman says

Chipotle isn’t about to invest in skinny burritos.

A spokesman for the chain of Mexican restaurants on Thursday waved off a recent New York Times feature that examined the nutritional value of a typical meal at the fast-casual mainstay and found a meal can cost up to 1,070 calories.

Food is “something to be enjoyed,” spokesman Chris Arnold said. “Not a science experiment aimed at engineering away calories or grams of fat.”

“People can pick and choose exactly what―and how much―they eat,” Arnold added. “We let them put those ingredients together in whatever way makes sense to them.”

[Bloomberg]

TIME weather

January Wasn’t Nearly as Cold as You Thought

It was actually the second-warmest one on record

Last month was the second-warmest January on record, according to new data released Thursday, despite the frigid temperatures that had many on the East Coast shivering.

Land and sea temperatures across the globe were on average 1.39 degrees Fahrenheit above the average for January, and on land temperatures were 2.57 degrees higher than normal, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Temperatures have only been higher once since the agency began tracking temperatures in 1880—in 2007, when the average land temperature was 3.31 degrees higher than normal throughout the month of January. According to NASA, 2014 was the hottest year since 1880.

While the East Coast faced a typical winter chill in January, the West Coast’s heat was more dramatic, USA Today reports. Seven states had the one of the 10 hottest January’s on record, while no states faced record cold.

TIME celebrities

Jon Stewart Threatens WWE Star With ‘World of Hurt’

'Daily Show' star says he'll bring the pain to Seth Rollins

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Wrestling star Seth Rollins messed with the wrong late night television host.

A little backstory: Earlier this week, Rollins boasted that he was the most talented man in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), or a future candidate for John Oliver’s “How is this still a thing” segment. The wrestling star, whose signature move is the “curb stomp,” said he was so good he could take his talents to the White House. Hell, he said he could even replace Jon Stewart when he departs the Daily Show.

His exact words: “I could take over as host of the Daily Show and make that thing actually watchable.” Burn.

Well, Stewart isn’t taking the threat lying down. In a video posted on Youtube, Stewart had this to say in response to Rollins: “Coming after the Daily Show, you just stepped in a world of hurt, my friend.”

“I’m coming for you Rollins. One hundred and sixty pounds of dynamite.”

Well, maybe not dynamite.

“My bone density isn’t what it used to be,” Stewart says. “160 pounds of wood…like a soft wood. Like a pine.”

TIME National Security

Obama Calls for International Unity in Fight Against Terror, Extremism

"We come from different countries and different cultures & different faiths… [but] we are all in the same boat" Obama said Thursday.

President Obama echoed Wednesday’s call for unity in the global fight against violent extremism in his final speech before a White House summit tackling the issue.

After two days of talks with community leaders from across the U.S., the State Department on Thursday hosted a group of high-level international leaders as a part of the Countering Violent Extremism Summit. During his speech, Obama again called on leaders to dispute extremist ideology that claims the West is at war with Islam.

“The notion that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie and all of us—regardless of our faith—have a responsibility to reject it,” Obama said.

In the wake of terror attacks in Paris and Egypt, and ongoing battles against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, the summit has largely focused on extremist activities related to the Muslim community. The focus on Muslims has drawn ire from both conservatives—who say the administration hasn’t gone far enough to call out terrorism carried out through the faith—and American Muslims, who say the counter violence efforts being proposed will lead to further targeting and discrimination.

Obama on Thursday acknowledged that the targets of ISIS and al-Qaeda propaganda are largely members of the Muslim community and the terror organizations claim they are driven by Islam. He said that that countries had a responsibility, however, to lift up the voices of millions of Muslims around the world who actually represent the faith, and frankly, are just like everyone else. “A lot of the bad is absorbed,” Obama said. “Not enough of the good.”

Obama also said by confronting religious conflict, political, economic, and educational issues—all of which he said terrorists exploit in their efforts to recruit—countries can counter extremist messaging in a meaningful way.

The summit and gathering of international leaders piggybacks off of a call to action against extremism Obama made in September before the United Nations Security Council.

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Obama Urges Americans to Keep Calm in Fight Against Violent Extremism

President Obama urged Americans to use a calm and steady approach to countering the violent extremism that spawns groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

In a speech on the second day of a White House summit, Obama said the best antidote to the harsh ideology peddled by ISIS is making sure that everyone feels like they have a rightful place in society.

“If extremists are peddling this notion that Western countries are hostile to Muslims, we need to show them that we are accepting of all folks,” Obama said.

To that end, Obama took pains to avoid characterizing violent extremism as solely a byproduct of Islam, noting that “no religion is responsible for violence and terrorism.” The summit was criticized by some conservatives for not focusing more on Islamic fundamentalism, but Obama argued that would only embolden groups such as ISIS and al-Qaeda.

“Al-Qaeda, [ISIS] and groups like it are desperate for legitimacy,” he said. “They try to portray themselves as religious leaders and holy warriors in defense of Islam … They propagate the notion that America — and the West generally — is at war with Islam. That’s how they recruit.”

“We are not at war with Islam,” he said during the speech. “We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”

The second day of the three-day summit featured community leaders from Boston, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, all of which are hosting government-led initiatives to counter extremism. A small group of activists also showed up across the street to protest “Islamophobia” and argue that Muslims are being unfairly targeted by these measures.

TIME Turkey

Turkish Student’s Murder Sparks Anger Over Violence Against Women

A man holds a poster depicting slain Ozgecan Aslan during a march of members of Turkey's Bar Association to protest against a law that strenghtens the police's powe in Ankara, Turkey on Feb. 16, 2015.
Adem Altan—AFP/Getty Images A man holds a poster depicting slain Ozgecan Aslan during a march of members of Turkey's Bar Association to protest against a law that strenghtens the police's powe in Ankara, Turkey on Feb. 16, 2015.

Ozgecan Aslan was murdered after resisting an attempted rapist

The murder of a woman after resisting an attempted rapist has sparked mass protests in Turkey and prompted outcry on social media.

Police say Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old psychology student, was stabbed and beaten to death on a bus in Turkey’s Mersin province Wednesday when she pepper sprayed a man who tried to rape her, according to The Guardian. Police arrested three men in connection with Aslan’s death, after recovering her burnt body from a riverbed Friday.

The murder prompted nationwide protests and condemnation from local and national authorities. “Violence against women is the bleeding wound of our country,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodgan said Monday.

Women also took to social media, where thousands have shared stories of their experiences with sexual violence and harassment, using the hashtag #sendeanlat, which translates to #tellyourstory.

The hashtag was the third most popular in the world on Sunday, Al Jazeera reports. The hashtag #ozgecanaslan also trended, with some 2.5 million tweets sent out by Monday.

The U.S. Embassy to Turkey condemned the violent act Tuesday.

TIME Addiction

Plain Cigarette Packs May Deter Smokers, Studies Show

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Largely based on findings in Australia, which removed branding from tobacco packaging two years ago

Tobacco packaging without labels or branding may keep new smokers away and prevent habitual smokers from lighting up regularly, a new series of studies finds.

According to the studies, published in the journal Addiction, there is growing evidence that plain packages of cigarettes and other tobacco products reduce smoking rates and reduce outdoor smoking. The findings are largely based on evidence noted in Australia, where the government removed labels from cigarette packages and added graphic health warnings to packs two years ago.

The studies also show that by removing the branding, young experimental smokers focus more on the health warnings on the package — though it found the impact on daily young smokers is minimal.

“Even if standardized packaging had no effect at all on current smokers and only stopped 1 in 20 young people from being lured into smoking it would save about 2,000 lives each year,” Addiction editor-in-chief Professor Robert West said in a statement.

Addiction published the series just months before the U.K. Parliament votes on standardizing tobacco product packaging, following in the footsteps of Australia. The government is already facing fierce backlash from tobacco companies in response to the law, Reuters reports.

John Oliver brought up Australia’s law in his segment on tobacco marketing on this week’s Last Week Tonight:

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