TIME 2016 Election

Carly Fiorina Slams Hillary Clinton at CPAC

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Daniel Acker—Bloomberg/Getty Images Carly Fiorina, former chairman and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard Co., during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 24, 2015.

"Mrs. Clinton, name an accomplishment."

Carly Fiorina came out swinging at Hillary Clinton today, attacking her for everything from accepting foreign money in the Clinton Global Initiative to not being strong enough on women’s issues.

“Mrs. Clinton, name an accomplishment,” Fiorina said during her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. “And in the meantime, please explain why we should accept that the millions and millions of dollars that have flowed into the Clinton Global Initiative from foreign governments do not represent a conflict of interest.”

Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and the only woman in the emerging GOP field, has cast herself as one of the most aggressive critics of Clinton in stump speeches.

At CPAC, she continued the trend of firing at Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee: “She tweets about women’s rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights. She tweets about equal pay for women but won’t answer basic questions about her own offices’ pay standards—and neither will our President. Hillary may like hashtags. But she doesn’t know what leadership means.”

You can read TIME’s own analysis of Clinton’s Twitter strategy here.

At the end of her speech during the question and answer section, Fiorina couldn’t help but take one more shot at Clinton during a question about the importance of female candidates: “I will say this, if Hillary Clinton had to face me on a debate stage, at the very least she would have a hitch in her swing.”

 

TIME celebrities

Someone Apparently Stole Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar Dress

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Mark Ralston—AFP/Getty Images Actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars on Feb. 22, 2015 in Hollywood.

The dress is a Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein gown adorned with 6,000 pearls

Someone may have taken Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar dress from a hotel in Hollywood.

The Los Angeles County sheriff’s office received a call Wednesday night that a dress estimated to be worth $150,000 had been taken from the London West Hollywood hotel, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The dress she wore to the Academy Awards Sunday was a Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein gown adorned with 6,000 pearls. TMZ reported that Nyong’o was the victim, but detectives have yet to confirm.

The London Hotel released a statement to E! News saying, “This is a terribly unfortunate situation, and we are working with law enforcement on their investigation.”

TIME comic books

Now You Can Read Comics About Gwen Stacy as Spider-Man

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Spider-Gwen has returned

What if there were an alternate universe were Spider-Man was a woman?

Now you can see exactly what that would be like in a new Marvel Comics comic book series. Spider-Woman is Spider-Gwen, as in Gwen Stacy, girlfriend of original Spider-Man Peter Parker. Gwen was killed off in the 1973 Spider-Man comic books (and again last year in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 film). But in this parallel world, the radioactive spider bites Gwen instead of Peter.

Spider-Gwen was originally introduced last year in the crossover story Edge of Spider-Verse No. 2. The first new Spider-Gwen issue came out this week and featured her playing in a female band called the Mary Janes and watching Peter die in her arms after he tried to give himself superpowers to be more like her.

Her reintroduction is part of Marvel’s ongoing effort to reach out to its growing female fan base. In the last few years, Marvel writers have also created an all-female X-Men series, relaunched the comics of female fighter pilot Captain Marvel, introduced a female Thor and created a new Avengers-like, all-female superhero team called the A-Force.

Read Next: Why Marvel Decided to Create an All-Female Superhero Team

TIME Television

Here’s Why Jon Stewart Is Leaving The Daily Show

When it comes to conservative news, Stewart says "even watching it is killing me.”

Jon Stewart finally offered some more insight into why he’s leaving The Daily Show.

He opened his show Wednesday with clips of Republicans reacting to the news of his departure, many of them accusing him of distorting facts. After challenging Fox News to a “lie-off” and playing clips of some of Rush Limbaugh’s more controversial comments, including calling a girl a slut and saying white people shouldn’t feel guilt for slavery, Stewart got to the meat of his argument.

“Take it from someone who’s been watching what they do for a blessedly almost over 16 years or so,” he said. “Their chronically angry war for ideological purity, where every aspect of life becomes a two dimensional battle for America’s soul—it ages you. Even watching it is killing me.”

Watch the full clip below:

TIME White House

Amazon Hires Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

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Alex Wong—Getty Images White House Press Secretary Jay Carney waves at the end of his last White House briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House June 18, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Will report directly to Jeff Bezos

Where once he talked foreign policy, now he’ll talk Kindles – former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has taken a high level job with Amazon.

Carney will leave his post at CNN, where he is a commentator, and begin with Amazon on Monday as senior vice president for Worldwide Corporate Affairs, Politico reports. Carney will split his time between the D.C. office and the company’s Seattle headquarters, and he will report directly to Jeff Bezos.

He’s not the only former Obama confidante to head to Silicon Valley. In 2014, former campaign manager and White House adviser David Plouffe became the senior vice president of policy and strategy at Uber.

[Politico]

TIME podcasts

Paula Deen Will Launch Her Own Cooking Podcast

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Larry Marano—2015 Larry Marano Paula Deen attends the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village during the 2015 Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival on February 22, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida.

You may not be able to watch Paula Deen whip up her Southern cooking anymore, but now you can listen to it: she’s starting her own cooking podcast.

Partnering with Compass Media Networks, Deen will produce a daily radio show and weekly podcast.

“I had my first day in the studio yesterday and we had so much fun! I cannot wait to bring my vignettes and podcast to listeners around America,” Deen told PEOPLE. “I have a ton of fun tips up my sleeve to make their life a little easier.”

Her podcasts will premiere May 1.

Read more at People.com.

TIME Social Media

Facebook Paid Researchers $1.3 Million in 2014 to Find Bugs

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Facebook has paid researchers in the "bug bounty program" more than $3 million since 2011

Facebook paid security researchers $1.3 million in 2014 to find and and report security flaws.

According to a post by the company entitled “Bounties get better than ever,” Facebook has paid researchers in the “bug bounty program” more than $3 million since 2011 and now has 123 countries reporting security issues. India reported the largest number of valid bugs in 2014: 196.

“We’re excited to see what 2015 holds for the bug bounty program,” the Facebook post says. “Report volume is at its highest levels, and researchers are finding better bugs than ever before. We’ve already received more than 100 valid reports since the start of the new year.”

TIME medicine

First Human Head Transplant Could Happen Within Two Years

Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Italy, has drawn up the plans for a human head transplant

A surgeon says the first human head transplant could take place within the next two years.

Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up the plans for the radical surgery and hopes to begin assembling a team this June, the Guardian reports.

“If society doesn’t want it, I won’t do it. But if people don’t want it, in the U.S. or Europe, that doesn’t mean it won’t be done somewhere else,” he said. “I’m trying to go about this the right way, but before going to the moon, you want to make sure people will follow you.”

Although Canavero says the technology isn’t far off from making this surgery possible, he could confront a range of ethical issues. “The real stumbling block is the ethics,” Canavero told New Scientist magazine. “Should this surgery be done at all? There are obviously going to be many people who disagree with it.”

The first successful head transplant was completed in 1970 on a monkey. The monkey couldn’t move its body and died after nine days.

Read next: Scientists Find a Black Hole 12 Billion Times More Massive Than the Sun

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TIME 2016 Election

Ben Carson Builds Campaign With Newt Gingrich Connections

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Scott Olson—Getty Images Dr. Ben Carson speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Jan. 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Ben Carson has been on a hiring spree lately for his unannounced campaign, and his new staffers have something in common: they used to work for Newt Gingrich.

First there was Ruth Sherlock, hired as Carson’s South Carolina state director and formerly Gingrich’s national deputy political director.

Then Carson hired Mike Murray as his senior advisor. Murray is the President and CEO of TMA Direct, a direct marketing agency that runs the direct mailing efforts of Gingrich’s American Legacy PAC. (Carson himself is affiliated with the PAC — his anti-Obamacare initiative for American Legacy has raised $6 million.)

On Tuesday, Carson’s campaign manager Terry Giles announced that Amy Pass has signed on to be national finance director. Pass, “a long-time Newt Gingrich fundraiser,” helped raise over $52 million for Gingrich’s American Solutions PAC, according to Giles, before serving as national finance director for Gingrich’s 2012 presidential bid.

But all of this is “just coincidence,” says Giles. “As we announce additional personnel you will not see many if any former Newt Gingrich folks.”

Gingrich himself praised the hires, saying Sherlock was “key” and Murray is “an excellent direct mail and email manager.”

As for Carson, Gingrich told TIME: “He has to be taken seriously.”

TIME 2016 Election

Ben Carson Signs On Direct Marketing CEO as Senior Advisor

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Richard Ellis—Getty Images Ben Carson speaks at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition convention on January 18, 2015 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Ben Carson has hired a direct marketing wizard to be his senior advisor if he formally launches a run for president.

Mike Murray is the President and CEO of TMA Direct, a direct marketing agency that Carson has worked with on the Save Our Healthcare project, run through the American Legacy PAC. According to Carson’s campaign manager Terry Giles, this project has raised $6 million dollars with an average donation size of $43.

Giles said that as senior advisor, Murray will “oversee all small-dollar grassroots fundraising efforts.”

Hiring a someone from the world of direct marketing shows that Carson knows how to play to his strengths. No prospective candidate’s name and likeness, including Hillary Clinton, has been as successful as Carson’s so far in attracting small donations, largely through direct marketing efforts.

Carson is expected to make a formal announcement about a campaign in May.

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