TIME Football

Tom Brady’s Agent Says Four-Game Suspension ‘Ridiculous’

“There is no evidence that Tom directed footballs be set at pressures below the allowable limits," Yee said Monday

The agent of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has said it was “ridiculous” for the National Football League to hand his client a four-game suspension over the Deflategate scandal.

In a statement released late Monday, Don Yee said the punishment has “no legitimate basis.” Yee says Brady will appeal the ruling, handed down after a report authored by attorney Ted Wells found it was “more probable than not” the quarterback had some knowledge that game balls had been tampered with before they reached the field in January’s AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

“In my opinion, this outcome was pre-determined; there was no fairness in the Wells investigation whatsoever,” Yee said in a statement. “There is no evidence that Tom directed footballs be set at pressures below the allowable limits.”

Yee adds, “We will appeal, and if the hearing officer is completely independent and neutral, I am very confident the Wells Report will be exposed as an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic. “

The NFL argues the punishment was justified by Brady’s failure to submit text messages and emails during the ‘Deflategate’ investigation. “Your actions as set forth in the report clearly constitute conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the game of professional football,” NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent wrote to Brady, according to NBC Sports.

The Patriots also face a $1 million fine for the scandal.

TIME White House

President Obama’s $600 Million Gift to Chicago: A Presidential Library

In this March 3, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
Jacquelyn Martin—AP In this March 3, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

“All the strands of my life came together and I really became a man when I moved to Chicago," Obama said

President Obama just gave his adopted hometown the $600 million gift of a presidential library.

The Barack Obama Foundation announced Tuesday that the monument to Obama’s legacy as the nation’s first black president will be built on the South Side of Chicago.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and chair of the Barack Obama Foundation Martin Nesbitt were due to announce more details at a press conference later Tuesday. An exact location for the park has not yet been chosen, but it will be built on one of two parks–Jackson and Washington, both of which are located just south or west of Hyde Park, the urban oasis the President and First Lady called home prior to moving into 1600 Pennsylvania.

The University of Chicago beat out bids to build the university by another Chicago school, the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as Obama’s alma mater Columbia University in New York, and the University of Hawaii located in the President’s home state.

The foundation plans to work with all four schools to host some of the president’s archives but ultimately, the foundation selected the South Side of Chicago, where President Obama planted his roots as a community organizer and politician.

“With a library and a foundation on the South Side of Chicago, not only will we be able to encourage and affect change locally, but what we can also do is to attract the world to Chicago,” President Obama said in a video released Tuesday:

A 2014 study from the University of Chicago found that the library would be an “economic boon” for the city, attracting some 800,000 visitors a year, creating 1,900 permanent new jobs and generating $220 million in annual revenue. In all, the report found the library’s construction would boost Chicago’s economy by $600 million and create 3,280 new jobs.

But the city faced an uphill battle to secure the parkland as the home for the future library; ultimately state lawmakers passed a bill to allow the city to build on parkland–which some park historians objected to. Some residents of Washington Park worry, however, that the library could kick out mom-and-pop shops that have existed in the community for decades.

In the video, the President and First Lady said the neighborhood “means the world” to their family.

“All the strands of my life came together and I really became a man when I moved to Chicago,” President Obama said. “That’s where I was able to apply that early idealism to try to work in communities in public service. That’s where I met my wife. That’s where my children were born.”

“Every value, every memory, every important relationship to me exists in Chicago,” said First Lady Michelle Obama, who was born and raised in the city. ” I consider myself a South Sider.”

The Foundation said in a press release that the potential economic boost, as well as the South Side’s connection to transportation, University of Chicago activity, and the Obama’s personal history were all instrumental in cementing the neighborhood as the final destination. It said it intends to open offices on the South Side by the end of 2015 dedicated to pursuing community partnerships and opportunities for economic development in the area.

TIME museums

A Century After Its Inception, African American History Museum Looks Ahead

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Chip Somodevilla--Getty Images Construction continues on the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall, Oct. 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

After 100 years, the museum is on track to open in 2016

A mother stoops down to be within earshot of her puffy-pigtailed daughters. Before them stands an oval table enclosed in a glass case. The smaller of the two children stretches a tiny finger toward the yellowing lace covering the caramel-colored wood. It’s likely the table looks like any number of tables those little girls have seen in their lives. To me, it looks like the one where I eagerly placed silverware as a child, while my grandma shouted the multiplication tables from her South Side Chicago kitchen. It’s a table around which any family could discuss the mundane aspects of daily life–the neighbors, the post office. Which is kind of the point, really.

On Friday, “Through the African American Lens: Selections from the Permanent Collection” opened in the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., offering a preview of what’s to come when the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens in 2016. The actual building is about a year and a half away from completion, but the artifacts on display are a peek at the tens of thousands that the Smithsonian has gathered over the past decade of planning for the new institution. The show is a preview of what visitors will see when the museum opens: a tent from a civil war camp, a necktie owned by Harriet Tubman, an organ owned by James Brown, notes from a Virginia midwife and dresses by designer Ann Lowe.

And the table, of course, which isn’t just any old table. It belonged to Lucinda Todd of Kansas, who served as a secretary of the Topeka Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Todd was one of the 13 plaintiffs who fought for the desegregation of schools in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. That table was where the NAACP Legal Defense Fund convened to prepare for the historic case. In presenting artifacts like it, the museum’s curators hope to highlight the ties between history’s trailblazers and ordinary Americans–a link that has come to have extra meaning in recent weeks.

“You think about what a simple table tells us about hope, about community, about family, but also about the strategy that is so integral to change in America,” says Lonnie Bunch, director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Smithsonian Institution’s latest museum has been a century in the making. In 1915, a group of black Civil War veterans began pushing for a memorial and museum dedicated to black service members. A little over a decade later, President Calvin Coolidge approved the construction of a building to serve as a “tribute to the Negro’s contributions to the achievements of America,” according to the Smithsonian Institution. Thanks to the Great Depression, that building never came to fruition.

For decades, lawmakers mulled the idea of a museum, noting the impact African Americans have had on the nation, only for the plans to falter. Some argued the National Mall was too crowded, others worried every minority group would want or need a museum. “Once Congress gives the go ahead for African-Americans,” Republican North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms said in 1994, according to the New York Times, “how can Congress then say no to Hispanics, and the next group, and the next group after that?”

In 2001, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers led by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia came together to push for the museum’s development. After two years of reports and meetings across the country, Congress was able to pass a law that established the National Museum for African American History and Culture. The last decade has been spent turning that agreement into reality.

“When we started, we didn’t have any collections at all. And now, over the last decade, we’ve collected 40,000 artifacts,” Bunch says.

Many of the pieces of American history the museum staff has collected have come from everyday Americans, curious about whether or not an old photo or shawl could be of use. Just because a donor wasn’t famous doesn’t mean an artifact isn’t important; in fact, pieces from ordinary people are given pride of place in many instances.

“We’re trying to start conversations and share stories that haven’t been told,” co-curator Rhea Combs said during a tour of the exhibit on Friday.

The mission of the exhibit and the museum is to show that the African American experience is a fully American one.

But that shared American narrative has often been a tense one, and the museum is moving toward fruition at a time when the African American experience–the part that isn’t necessarily shared by other groups–is at the forefront of the national consciousness. African American citizens who never asked to make news have shaped the country’s recent conversations.

Accordingly, though the stories of places like Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore are still being written, the museum is already in the process of collecting artifacts, images and even tweets that mark the latest chapter in the story of race in America. So far, they’ve got a gas mask worn in Ferguson and a hoodie worn during the protests following the death of Trayvon Martin.

The African American History Museum, when it opens, will aim to showcase history in motion. But for now, it’s merely a snapshot.

TIME Television

Watch Bruce Jenner’s Family Talk About His Transition in New Promo

"I do wanna meet Her, when he's ready. When we're both ready"

Bruce Jenner, the former Olympian who recently announced he was transgender, opens up in a new video promo for his soon-to-air television special about being honest with his children.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been as scared in my life as I was to be extraordinarily honest with my kids,” he says in the clip for the two-part E! special About Bruce, which will air on May 17 and 18. The one-minute clip includes intimate family moments between Jenner and his daughters, including Kylie—who’s heard saying “I do wanna meet Her, when he’s ready. When we’re both ready”—and Kendall, who says “I just don’t like when people say Bruce is gonna be gone.”

His response? “I’m not going anywhere.”

TIME White House

The White House Really Doesn’t Want You Jumping Over Its Fence

A tall security fence stands in front of the White House on Nov. 4, 2014 in Washington.
Mark Wilson—Getty Images A tall security fence stands in front of the White House on Nov. 4, 2014 in Washington.

A new layer of spikes will be added to deter climbers and intruders

A second layer of spikes will be added to the top of the fence surrounding the White House starting Friday, officials with the National Park Service and Secret Service said, in a temporary bid to deter future would-be climbers after several incidents in the past year.

A proposal that was submitted to the National Capital Planing Commission and approved Thursday states that “pencil point” spikes will be affixed to the current fence along the complex’s north and south sides and jut out, according to the Associated Press. Additional long-term solutions will continue to be reviewed.

The changes to White House security were presented as a result of two incidents where intruders got across the fence, namely one last September when a fence-jumper was able to hop over the barrier and run well into the White House before being subdued, prompting an evacuation and highlighting internal issues within the Secret Service.

TIME Auto Racing

Idris Elba Proves He Can Drive Like James Bond

The actor broke a 1927 record in the U.K. for the "flying mile"

Actor Idris Elba broke a nearly 90-year speed record in the U.K. last weekend when he averaged more than 180 miles per hour during a one-mile stretch.

The Luther star was in the driver’s seat of a standard Bentley Continental GT Speed on Sunday in Wales, according to CNN Money. His top speed was 186.4 miles per hour during the “flying mile”—in which a driver can get up to speed before the car is clocked at two points, one mile apart—but his average was 180.4 miles per hour. Elba’s run came while shooting the Discovery Channel series Idris Elba: No Limits, which will air in July.

Elba beat out the last record, set in 1927 by Sir Malcolm Campbell, who hit 174.2 miles in hour.

Now imagine the car chase scenes if he ever actually plays James Bond.

[CNN Money]

TIME People

Chris Christie Says Hype Over Tom Brady and Deflategate Is ‘Overblown’

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady talks to the media during a press conference to address the under inflation of footballs used in the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Maddie Meyer—Getty Images Tom Brady talks during a press conference at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Jan. 22, 2015

Governor blames media over heavy attention on Deflategate

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie thinks the media circus over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady potentially knowing that his team’s footballs were a little light on air is, frankly, “way, way overblown.”

“I don’t think anybody is really trying to say that Tom Brady won four super bowls or became a future Hall of Famer because the balls were a little under inflated,” Christie, a noted Cowboys fan, told IJ Review in an interview on Thursday in New Hampshire. “I think the media and others love for somebody who is married to a beautiful model, who is richer than you can imagine and who is a future Hall of Famer, to take a couple of shots at him? People like that every once in a while.”

Christie’s comments come one day after an NFL investigation found it was “more probable than not” that Brady was at least “generally aware” about team employees tampering with footballs.

[IJReview]

Read next: 6 Surreal Takeaways From the Deflategate Report

TIME Social Media

Facebook Study Says Users Make Their News Feed Less Diverse

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But some have already questioned the results

The long-held notion that Facebook’s algorithm leads to the creation of “echo chambers” among users isn’t exactly true, according to a report published Thursday in the journal Science.

After studying the accounts of 10 million users, data scientists at Facebook found that liberals and conservatives are regularly exposed to at least some “crosscutting” political news, meaning stories that don’t conform to their pre-existing biases.

The algorithm for Facebook’s News Feed leads conservatives to see 5% less liberal content than their friends share and liberals to see 8% less conservative content. But the biggest impact on what users see comes from what they clicked on in the past. Liberals are about 6% less likely to click on crosscutting content, according to the research, and conservatives are about 17% less likely. Facebook’s algorithm serves users stories based in part on the content they have clicked in the past.

Ultimately, the study suggest it’s not Facebook’s algorithm that’s making your profile politically one-sided, it’s your own decisions to click on or ignore certain stories. However, some observers argue the Facebook study is flawed because of sampling problems and interpretation issues.

TIME justice

Baltimore Police Chief Welcomes Mayor’s Request for Federal Probe

Anthony Batts, Kevin Davis
Patrick Semansky—AP Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Anthony Batts, center, approaches a news conference before announcing that the department's investigation into the death of Freddie Gray was turned over to the State's Attorney's office a day early on April 30, 2015.

Anthony Batts embraces call for civil rights review of the “patterns and practices” of the city's police department

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said Thursday he welcomed “with open arms” a request by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for a Department of Justice civil rights review of his department.

“We have never shied away from scrutiny or assistance,” Batts said in a statement. “Our work is ongoing and anyone who wishes to be a part of helping the department better connect with the community will always be welcome.”

Rawlings-Blake asked for a full-scale civil rights review of the “patterns and practices” of the Baltimore police department in the wake of 25-year-old Freddie Gray’s death. Gray died from injuries sustained while in police custody and his death sparked outrage across the city. Six police officers were charged last week in Gray’s April 19 death.

“We need to have a foundation of trust,” Mayor Blake said at a Wednesday press conference. A “collaborative review” of the Baltimore police department by the Department of Justice is already ongoing, but that doesn’t carry the weight of the full-scale civil rights investigation Mayor Blake has asked for.

Batts noted Thursday the Baltimore Police Department was already attempting to address some of these issues, and said as a result of changes they began implementing over two years ago, there was a “54% reduction in discourtesy complaints, a more than 40% reduction in excessive force complaints and a dramatic drop in lawsuits.”

TIME Foreign Policy

Senate Passes Bill to Review Iran Nuclear Deal

Sen. Bob Corker
Bill Clark—CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images Sen. Bob Corker, Senate Foreign Relations chairman, arrives for a briefing on Iran nuclear negotiations with Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama's chief of staff Jack Lew in the Capitol on April 14, 2015.

Bill to give Congress oversight of the nuclear plan passes Senate

The Senate on Thursday passed a bill that will give Congress a key stake in conversations on the pending nuclear deal with Iran.

Republicans and some Democrats in Congress have been pushing for oversight of the pending deal given that current proposals include relief from some of the sanctions placed on Iran by Congress. The bill that passed Thursday requires that Congress be able to review and possibly reject any deal the U.S. and world powers make with Iran regarding nuclear weapons. If Congress approves of the deal — or fails to disapprove within a certain timeframe — the President’s deal can move forward.

“No bill, no review. No bill, no oversight,” Sen. Bob Corker said on the Senate floor Thursday. “The American people want the U.S. Senate and House on their behalf to ensure that Iran is accountable.”

The effort to pass the deal, however, was hard wrought. Senators proposed a number of amendments to the bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell initially signaled would be up for a robust debate. On Thursday, lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement to proceed with a vote without many of the proposed amendments. The only “no” vote came from freshman Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican.

The bill also faced backlash from the White House initially, but in mid April White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the President would be open to signing the compromise bill. The bill will now head to the House of Representatives for a vote.

While the debate continues, however, some lawmakers have signaled their support for the President’s negotiations with Iran. In a letter first reported on by the Washington Post, 150 Democrats urged Obama to “stay on course” and commended the work of world powers so far in the process.

“The stakes are too great and the alternatives are too dire,” the letter reads. “If the United States were to abandon negotiations or cause their collapse, not only would we fail to peacefully prevent the nuclear-armed Iran, we would make that outcome more likely.”

The Washington Post reports that the letter could mean the President has enough Congressional support to override a veto should lawmakers vote to reject the deal once it is released in June.

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