TIME Television

Game of Thrones Blooper Reel Brings Laughter to Grim World of Westeros

There's plenty of laughter, and cursing, on the set of the hit show

The last season of hit HBO series Game of Thrones brought moments of high drama and tragedy, but it looks the stars of the drama can make time for a laugh behind the scenes.

Ahead of the premiere of their fifth season, which starts April 12, Game of Thrones has released a blooper reel replete with moments that would need a bleep if the show appeared on a regular cable network.

It also appears pretty easy to trip over a rock or stumble down the steps in Westeros.

Read next: Watch Deleted Game of Thrones Scenes from Season 4

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TIME Congress

Homeland Security Goes on Offense for Fight With Congress

US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson listens while US President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press after a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Oct. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Brendan Smialowski—AFP/Getty Images US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson listens while US President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press after a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Oct. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

The Obama Administration made a last-minute public plea for Congress to fund the Department of Homeland Security, sending Secretary Jeh Johnson on a tour of political talk shows Sunday.

As the deadline approaches for the department’s funding, Johnson echoed the administration line that Congress should simply fund the department without conditions.

Republicans in Congress hoped to attach language to the funding bill that would override Obama’s decision to defer deportations for millions in the U.S. illegally — an idea that both Senate Democrats and the president have rejected.

Johnson used appearances on all five Sunday morning political talk shows to press his case:

• On CNN’s State of the Union, he said it was “absurd that we are even having this conversation,” while noting that some 30,000 employees would have to be furloughed as a result of the fight.

• On Fox News Sunday, he called Congress’s effort to block the executive action on immigration through a funding fight is “unacceptable from a public safety, national security view.”

• On ABC’s This Week, he said funding the agency is “imperative” amid the new threats from terrorist groups like al-Shabaab, which this weekend reportedly threatened an attack on Minneapolis’s Mall of America.

• On CBS’s Face the Nation, he said things from cyber-security to the harsh conditions the nation would be affected if “headquarter staff is narrowed down to a skeleton.”

• On NBC’s Meet the Press, he said flat out, “we need Congress to fund the Department of Homeland Security,” listing people and programs that would be placed in jeopardy if funding runs out on Friday.

The five talk-show effort — known in Beltway circles as the “full Ginsburg” after the first person to attempt it — was a sign of how seriously the White House intends to press its advantage on the dispute with Congress. Polls show the majority of Americans would blame Congress if the agency shuts down.

While that would be a public relations disaster, it’s unclear if it would really affect national security much.

The majority of Department of Homeland Security staff would still report for duty—from TSA agents at airports to the men and women of the Coast Guard—but they wouldn’t be receiving a paycheck.

Some Republicans have argued that they should call off the funding fight, given a Texas judge’s decision last week to temporarily block the Administration from going ahead with the deferrals.

Sen. John McCain called the Texas decision an “exit sign” on Face the Nation on Sunday, while Sen. Lindsey Graham called on Republicanson This Week to back the legal challenge to the executive action rather than blocking funding.

“The worst possible outcome for this nation would be to defund the Department of Homeland Security given the multiple threats we face to our homeland and I will not be part of that,” Graham said, adding that Republicans being the face of the partial shutdown would “add gasoline to the fire.”

TIME White House

White House Says Giuliani Criticism Is Just ‘Sad’

Giuliani said President Obama doesn't love America

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Friday that he feels “sorry” for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has spent the past couple of days publicly questioning President Barack Obama’s love for America.

Earnest said it’s “sad” when someone who has attained a “certain level of stature or admiration tarnishes that reputation so thoroughly.”

Giuliani first said he wasn’t sure the President “loves America” on Wednesday, saying that he “wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up or I was brought up.” On Thursday, Giuliani did some damage control, walking back some of his statements, but maintaining that the President is overly critical of the country.” “From the way he talks,” Giuliani said Thursday on Bloomberg, “it sounds to me like a guy who has trouble expressing love for America.”

Earnest noted that the President has on many occasions expressed his love for the country—saying he did so most recently at the end of the State of the Union address, when he said, “God bless this country we love.”

TIME Terrorism

What the War on Terrorism Can Learn from the War on Gangs

A member loyal to ISIS waves a flag in Raqqa, Syria June 29, 2014
Reuters A member loyal to ISIS waves a flag in Raqqa, Syria June 29, 2014

Dangerous street gangs and violent extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria both depend on recruiting disaffected youths with the promise of a sense of belonging.

Because of those similarities, community leaders involved in the effort to fight extremism—many of whom gathered in Washington this week for the White House’s summit on the topic—are drawing lessons from the nation’s decades-old fight against gang violence.

After cities failed to arrest their way out of the problem of gang violence, law enforcement agencies such as the Los Angeles Police Department began taking a different approach. By engaging in “community policing” and shifting the focus from making arrests to building relationships, officers across the country learned to fight crime by finding allies in the community.

Paired with community outreach, devoting resources to educational and economic opportunities and, sometimes a little luck, the efforts worked in some communities. In Los Angeles, for example, the total number of homicides in 2012 was nearly half the number of gang homicides the city faced in 1992.

“You can’t declare war on gangs, you can’t declare war on this ideology,” says Michael Downing, the deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department’s counter terrorism and special operations bureau. “But what you can do is develop a balance.”

Los Angeles is one of three cities chosen by the federal government to host pilot programs to counter terrorist groups. The L.A. program, which Downing says is based on prevention, intervention and interdiction, draws inspiration from anti-gang models, as do the other pilot programs.

Outside of law enforcement, though, the stakes are just as high, if not greater. One of the key factors in countering extremism is keeping it from happening in the first place through prevention. “We’ve got a lot of disengaged youth,” says Steve Weine, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago who researches anti-extremism. “They’re just ripe for being picked-off by recruiters.”

A major criticism of the White House summit from members of the Muslim community, who have found themselves at the center of this discussion due to the savvy recruitment techniques of groups such as ISIS, is that these tactics will end up being a new excuse for law enforcement communities to target people based on their faith.

“We’re in very dangerous territory when law enforcement agencies are leading the effort,” says Hina Shamsi, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s national security project. “I don’t think anyone is arguing to take away community outreach, but it’s got to be community outreach that’s open where the hand of trust isn’t accompanied by the hand behind the back that is taking down intelligence information.”

Weine says one of the best lessons the efforts to counter violent extremism can learn from the efforts to stop gang violence is that it takes a person with credibility and trust within a community to really get through.

“You need to be able to identify people who can reach down deep into pockets where these young people who are more isolated, more susceptible to radicalization and recruitment are,” says Weine.

The Chicago-based anti-gang violence effort Cure Violence, formely known as Ceasefire, is a good model of this approach. But the most important aspect of its efforts is trust. “It’s not just someone who looks like you or shares the same language, or is part of the same church or mosque or synagogue,” says Dr. Gary Slutkin, the founder and Executive Director of Cure Violence. “You can’t fool people into thinking you’re not associated with law enforcement.”

That level of trust is why Cure Violence boasts its success rates in parts of Chicago and cities across the globe, including in parts of Honduras, Iraq, and Kenya. The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, which presented at the White House Summit,is working in the private-sector agencies to engage former extremists—from gang members to white supremacists—to foster one-on-one interactions between those seeking out terror groups and those who have stepped away from that environment.

Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, who also works on the Los Angeles program, has helped develop a model that helps community leaders focus on providing healthy alternatives and outlets for people who may feel cast out or may be at risk of feeling that way, while also working with people who may be on the path to extremism. It too, draws from efforts used to fight gangs, but Al-Marayati notes there are some major differences between those at risk of joining a gang and those in the Muslim community who could be lured into joining an extremist group.

For one, though the threat of ISIS brought the Muslim community to the center of the conversation on extremism, in the United States it’s not the only potential cause of terrorism. Experts note that there is also a threat of militia movements, such as the men behind the Oklahoma City attack, or those based on other ideologies, such as the anti-abortion beliefs of the man behind the Atlanta Olympics bombing.

“You know where gangs are and where they’re going and who they’re recruiting,” said Al-Marayati. “In this case it’s an amorphous issue. It’s tougher to pinpoint when there’s going to be a problem.”

TIME Crime

California Mass Shooter Elliot Rodger Had Interest in Nazis

Bill Brown
Jae C. Hong—AP Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, right, walks past a board showing the photos of gunman Elliot Rodger and the weapons he used in the mass shooting that took place in Isla Vista, Calif., after a news conference in Santa Barbara, Calif. on May 24, 2014.

A new report shows Elliot Rodger conducted Internet searches for torture devices

A California man who killed six students during a rampage near the University of California at Santa Barbara last year had an interest in Nazis and conducted Internet searches on torture devices, according to a new report released Thursday.

 

The report, compiled by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, finds that investigators were unable to find a motive into Elliot Rodger’s killings last May, according to Reuters. The 22-year-old killed himself after authorities said he stabbed three men to death in his apartment and went on a shooting spree in Isla Vista, Calif., that left three dead and wounded 14 others. In a manifesto that Rodger apparently published before the killings, he griped about his failure to intimately connect with women.

Investigators noted that Rodger had a history of mental illness and peculiar interests, specifically citing his web searches for “Spanish inquisition torture devices” and “modern torture devices.” Rodger also conducted in-depth searches for high-profile Nazis like Heinrich Himmler and Joseph Goebbels. In what police are deeming a coincidence, the killings were carried out on the anniversary of Himmler’s death.

[Reuters]

TIME republicans

Rudy Giuliani Tries to Clarify His Obama Comment

Rudy Giuliani
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.

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