TIME 2016 Election

Donald Trump Says He Didn’t Expect Response to Immigration Comments to Be ‘Quite This Severe’

Trump has accused Mexican immigrants of "bringing drugs" and "bringing crime"

Business mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Saturday that he wasn’t expecting such harsh corporate backlash to his incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants.

Trump, who lost a string of business partners after saying that Mexican immigrants are “bringing drugs, bringing crime, they’re rapists,” conceded during a Fox News interview that he “didn’t know it was going to be quite this severe, but I really knew it was going to be bad.”

Among those who have cut ties with the billionaire include Macy’s, NBC Universal, Ora TV, Serta and Univision, the last of which Trump has sued for $500 million after the Spanish-language network cancelled plans to air the July 12 Miss USA pageant. Some other GOP candidates, including Marco Rubio, himself the son of immigrants from Cuba, have blasted Trump for his “offensive and divisive” comments.

The real estate mogul continued to voice his controversial views this week, when a young woman was gunned down at a San Francisco tourist spot in an apparent random shooting by a suspect whom police said is an undocumented immigrant.

“We have many cases like this, but nobody wants to talk about it,” Trump said of the incident. “It seems like I’m sort a whipping post because I bring it up.”

[Fox News]

TIME Greece

Greeks Reject Demands for More Austerity in Key Referendum

"Democracy is defeating fear," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said

(ATHENS, Greece)—Greeks overwhelmingly rejected creditors’ demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans in a critical referendum Sunday, backing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who insisted the vote would give him a stronger hand to reach a better deal.

Tsipras gambled the future of his 5-month-old left-wing government on the vote. The opposition accused him of jeopardizing the country’s membership in the 19-nation club that uses the euro and said a “yes” vote was about keeping the common currency.

With 70 percent of the votes counted, the “no” side had more than 60 percent. The interior ministry predicted that margin would hold.

Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Sunday night that creditors planned from the start to shut down banks to humiliate Greeks and force them to make a statement of contrition for showing that debt and loans are unsustainable.

On Sunday, “the Greek people said ‘no more’ to five years of austerity,” he said.

Thousands of government supporters gathered in central Athens in celebration, waving Greek flags and chanting “No, No, No.”

“We don’t want austerity measures anymore, this has been happening for the last five years and it has driven so many into poverty, we simply can’t take any more austerity,” said Athens resident Yiannis Gkovesis, 26, holding a large Greek flag in the city’s main square.

Governing left-wing Syriza party Eurodeputy Dimitris Papadimoulis said that “Greek people are proving they want to remain in Europe” as equal members “and not as a debt colony.” The referendum was Greece’s first in 41 years.

Minister of State Nikos Papas, speaking on Alpha television, said it would be “wrong to link a ‘no’ result to an exit from the eurozone. If a ‘no’ prevails that will help us get a better agreement.”

Tsipras’ high-stakes brinkmanship with lenders from the eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund resulted in Greece defaulting on its debts this week and shutting down its banks to avoid their collapse. He called the referendum last weekend, giving both sides just a week to campaign.

“Today, democracy is defeating fear … I am very optimistic,” Tsipras said earlier in the day after voting in in Athens.

European officials had openly urged Greeks to vote against the government’s recommendation.

“I hope people say ‘yes,'” European Parliament President Martin Schulz told German public radio. “If after the referendum, the majority is a ‘no,’ they will have to introduce another currency because the euro will no longer be available for a means of payment.”

Belgian Finance Minister Johan Van Overtveldt was one of the first eurozone ministers to react to the initial results.

“This likely ‘no’ complicates matters,” he told Belgium’s VRT network, but insisted the door remained open to resume talks with the Greek government within hours.

The vote was held amid banking restrictions imposed last Monday to halt a bank run, with Greeks queuing up at ATMs across the country to withdraw a maximum 60 euros per day. Banks have been shut all week, and it is uncertain when they will reopen. Large lines once again formed at ATMs on Sunday.

Daniel Tsangaridis, a 35-year-old Athens resident, said he didn’t expect banks to reopen soon, despite a government pledge that they would do so Tuesday.

“It’s not going to happen in the next 48 hours,” he said. “If the situation improves and we can have a deal, then the banks will open.”

The Syriza party came to power in January after a six-year recession. Since then, the standoff between Athens and its international lenders has grown more bitter, and early signs of some economic growth and recovering employment in Greece have disappeared.

The debt-wracked nation also suffered repeated ratings downgrades and lost access to billions of euros after its existing bailout deal expired last week.

Polls published Friday showed the two sides in a dead heat with an overwhelming majority — about 75 percent — wanting Greece to remain in the euro currency.

“Today, we Greeks decide on the fate of our country,” conservative opposition leader Antonis Samaras said. “We vote ‘yes’ to Greece. We vote ‘yes’ to Europe.”

The sense of urgency was palpable as Greeks struggled to decipher a convoluted referendum question after being bombarded with frenzied messages warning of the country’s swiftly approaching financial collapse.

Neither result on Sunday, however, would lead to a clear answer on what Greece should do about its overstretched finances.

Greece is no longer in a bailout program since its previous package expired last Tuesday. It now has to negotiate a new one with its creditors that involves even more money for the government and banks and new economic austerity measures.

Despite the Greek government’s assertion that a “no” vote will not lead to a euro exit, most experts agree it would open up more uncertain financial outcomes.

A number of European politicians, including Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the top eurozone official, have said a “no” vote would jeopardize Greece’s place in the 19-nation eurozone. Investors are also likely to believe a “no” win increases the chance of a so-called “Grexit,” where Greece returns to its own old currency.

TIME royals

Meet Princess Charlotte’s Godparents

The people who will mentor the princess

Princess Charlotte is to have guidance from the longtime friends and family members Prince William and Princess Kate have chosen to be her godparents.

Charlotte, 2 months, was set to be christened at Sandringham’s St. Mary Magdalene church (the same church where her late grandmother Princess Diana was christened) on Sunday, but amid all the preparations, the list of godparents was kept under wraps leading up to the big day.

Read on to learn more about the godparents, who were announced a few hours ahead of Charlotte’s official christening.

Tom van Straubenzee: Overlooked last time, he and fellow Prince William pal James Meade were key ushers at William and Kate’s 2011 wedding, conducting the fun speech that was a foil to Harry’s more straightforward toast. (The buddies also did a “double act” show at William’s 21st birthday party bash at Windsor Castle.) Van Straubenzee, who is married to Melissa Percy – her parents own the Northumberland estate that doubled as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films – attended Ludgrove prep school with Prince William.

Read more at People.com

TIME celebrities

See How Taylor Swift and 11 Other Celebrities Celebrated the Fourth of July

America celebrated the 239th anniversary Saturday of the 13 original colonies declaring independence from Britain—which for America’s most famous names meant a chance to relax with with friends and family for some Fourth of July celebrations.

From Taylor Swift’s star-studded celebration, to Jimmy Fallon’s favorite American dessert, to the Obamas’ romantic evening of fireworks, see how your favorite celebrities honored America’s birthday:

Taylor Swift celebrated with friends including model Gigi Hadid, rock band Haim and proud Brit Ed Sheeran:

Happy 4th from me, @gigihadid, @marhunt, @britmaack, @serayah and @haimtheband :)

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Kim Kardashian showed off her patriotic outfit:

Happy 4th of July!!! 🇺🇸💥🎉

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

Oprah celebrated with a packed backyard barbecue and pool party:

Happy 4th! Barbecues over.

A photo posted by Oprah (@oprah) on

Calvin Harris shared a photo of his girlfriend, Taylor Swift, busy at the grill:

She cooks too 🔥🔥🔥

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Britney Spears took her two sons, Jayden and Sean, to the “happiest place on Earth”:

Happy 4th of July from the happiest place on earth #Disneyland!! 🇺🇸❤️

A photo posted by Britney Spears (@britneyspears) on

Rachel Zoe shared photos with her children and their arts and crafts from the Hamptons:

Celebrating love, life and our country today #freedom #onelove #sograteful #mommymoments #hamptonsummer

A photo posted by Rachel Zoe (@rachelzoe) on

4th of July activities 🇺🇸 #perfectday #hamptonsummer #skylermorrison

A photo posted by Rachel Zoe (@rachelzoe) on

Jimmy Fallon got his fans nostalgic for their childhood Fourth of July favorite, the Bomb Pop:

Happy 4th of July!! #bombpops #favorite

A photo posted by Jimmy Fallon (@jimmyfallon) on

Meanwhile, Andy Cohen went for a different celebratory dessert:

The White House posted an Instagram behalf of the Obamas, their silhouettes before an evening of fireworks:

Happy Fourth of July!

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Laverne Cox shared a shot from her cover of Entertainment Weekly‘s LGBT issue, in which she is dressed as the Statue of Liberty:

Tori Spelling and her son Finn donned vintage Fourth of July outfits:

Finn and I show off our 4th of July patriotic attire! #vintagemama #modernbabe #RedWhiteBlue

A photo posted by Tori Spelling (@torispelling) on

Caitlyn Jenner shared a photo of the American flag, writing, “where at least I am free to be me”:

Happy 4th of July! Proud to be an American … where at least I am free to be me.

A photo posted by Caitlyn Jenner (@caitlynjenner) on

TIME Greece

Voting Winds Down in Greece Amid High Anxiety

The country's future in Europe is at stake

Correction appended, July 5

Greeks went to the polls Sunday to cast their votes in the first referendum there in four decades, which may decide the country’s fate as a member of the euro currency.

But fears of a lengthened closure of all banking institutions—regardless of the outcome of the vote—are rife in Greece following a week of shuttered banks and uncertainty. ATM’s are said to be running out of money, and already many are only able to dispense €50 notes due to the shortage of smaller tender—despite capital controls of €60 per person permitted.

Voting ended at 7 p.m. local time, with three opinion polls indicating that the “no” campaign supported by the ruling government had likely prevailed by a narrow margin, the Associated Press reports.

Polls earlier had been too tight to say whether the country is poised to support or reject the bailout plan proposed by Greece’s creditors—never mind the fact that the program has already expired, contributing to a confusing day of voting.

Turnout was expected to exceed the 40% threshold for the result the be deemed legitimate. At issue is whether to accept the terms of an international bailout package that is no longer officially on the table. But the bigger backdrop is the future of the country’s status in Europe and whether Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ government will continue to have the political standing to negotiate with European creditors.

Still, a calm, sober mood was prevalent in Athens, save for when Tsipras arrived at his polling booth in his neighborhood of Kipseli, where he was greeted by about 100 rapturous supporters, all chanting “Oxi, Oxi, Oxi”—”No, no no.”

President Prokopis Pavlopoulos is urging Greeks to remain united no matter the result, which will be known later Sunday night.

“This day belongs to the citizen alone,” Pavlopoulos said. “He is called to decide, in accordance to his conscience and exclusively guided by the national best interests, on the future of our country and our people.”

“This is what our forebears did at crucial times and this is our obligation today. We proceed, therefore, all together,” he told reporters and fellow voters while casting his ballot.

People close to the ruling Syriza party told TIME that a return to the drachma currency is inevitable if emergency liquidity assistance is not provided to Greek banks by the European Central Bank (ECB)—a decision to be made by the governing council of the ECB Monday.

There is “no other solution but return to national currency if the ECB doesn’t give us any money for our banks”, a senior party adviser said.

Other European Union officials said that, despite protestations by Finance Minister Yannis Varoufakis, banks will reopen on Tuesday.

Lines at ATM machines have remained long and arduous over the last week, with uncertainty as to what the future holds for Greece.

The precise ramifications of a vote in favor of—or against—the referendum are also unclear. When asked by TIME what could be guaranteed in the event of a “No” vote, the Syriza source replied “this is the one-billion-dollar question; it’s also about how the other side reacts.”

Upon arrival at his polling station, Tsipras told supporters that “while many can reject a government’s will, nobody can reject the will of the people.”

The charismatic leader contends that if he’s given a mandate to reject the now non-existent bailout proposal, the government will renegotiate a better new one in the proceeding 48 hours—despite the fact that after six months of negotiations, Greece and its international creditors are further apart than ever before.

Opposition leader Theodoros Fortsakis submitted a legal challenge Sunday morning to the referendum, saying it was unconstitutional. Fortsakis, said there are three specific elements making the vote unconstitutional: there was “not enough time” given to voters to consider the question, “the question is not clear,” and “according to the Greek constitution, no financial questions can be submitted to referendum and it is clear that this is a question directly linked to financial matters.”

Counting begins immediately after voting ends.

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the translation of the Greek word “Oxi.” It means “no.”

TIME space travel

Resupply Ship Reaches International Space Station After String of Failed Attempts

"Feels like Christmas in July," the astronauts said

A Russian resupply spacecraft docked on Sunday at the International Space Station (ISS), delivering long-awaited supplies to the crew after a string of failed attempts.

The unmanned Progress 60 cargo craft docked at 3:11 a.m. E.T. after taking off two days earlier from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA said in a statement. The spacecraft was carrying 106 pounds of oxygen, 926 pounds of water, 1,940 pounds of propellant and 3,133 pounds of spare parts. “Feels like Christmas in July,” the astronauts reported, though the crew had enough supplies to live and work safely aboard the ISS until October.

The success of Progress 60 came after a series of failed resupply attempts, including the explosion of an unmanned SpaceX rocket in late June and the burn-up of another Russian resupply spacecraft in May.

TIME Television

Here’s Why People Think Jon Snow Is Coming Back to Game of Thrones

Warning: Spoilers for season 5 to follow

Kit Harington was spotted at Wimbledon this week sporting his Game of Thrones character’s signature long hair, prompting rumors that Jon Snow would make a comeback for next season.

Harington, whose character who was killed off during the HBO show’s season five finale, gave fans a rush of hope particularly because his hair has been a foreteller of Snow’s fate. When Harington chopped of his hair last winter, fans thought of it as a spoiler that Snow, much like other heroic Game of Thrones characters, would meet an untimely end come the end of the fifth season.

Harington has said that he will not return to the show, but don’t expect any Game of Thrones fan to give up hope now—unless he decides to get a haircut.

See the picture below.

Wimbledon kit harrington
Splash News/CorbisKit Harrington attends Wimbledon in London on July 2, 2015.

Read next: In Game of Thrones, Even the Consequences Have Consequences

TIME Sports

America, You Have a New Hot Dog-Eating Champion

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut defeated by Matt Stonie after eight years at the top

Matt Stonie upset Joey “Jaws” Chestnut to win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut’s bid for a ninth straight victory.

Stonie, who finished second last year, downed 62 hot dogs and buns on Saturday, beating Chestnut by two. Both are from San Jose, California.

The next closest competitor ate 32 hot dogs.

Afterward, Stonie, holding his fist in the air in victory, said it felt amazing to win. He said he trained hard for the contest.

Chestnut, smiling in defeat, said he was slow and couldn’t catch Stonie.

Read more from our partners at NBC News

TIME Culture

Former Disney Chief Says Beautiful Women ‘Usually Not Funny’

Attractive, humorous women are "impossible to find" in Hollywood, Michael Eisner says

Michael Eisner thinks that funny, beautiful women are hard to find.

That’s what the former Disney CEO told an audience Thursday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, according to The Atlantic.

During an onstage conversation with Goldie Hawn, he theorized on why she’d been so successful: “From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman. By far. They usually—boy am I going to get in trouble, I know this goes online—but usually, unbelievably beautiful women, you being an exception, are not funny.”

For her part, Hawn replied that she might owe her comedic talents to the fact that she thought of herself as an “ugly duckling” when she was young.

“You didn’t think you were beautiful,” Eisner said. “I know women who have been told they’re beautiful, they win Miss Arkansas, they don’t ever have to get attention other than with their looks. So they don’t tell a joke. In the history of the motion-picture business, the number of beautiful, really beautiful women — a Lucille Ball — that are funny, is impossible to find.”

Eisner, who served as CEO at Disney from 1984-2005, also held senior posts at ABC and Paramount Pictures.

This article was originally published at The Hollywood Reporter

MONEY credit cards

The Newest Weapon Against Credit Card Theft Is…a Selfie

Smile! MasterCard hopes to develop a security measure with real teeth.

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