• Fox News' Shep Smith fact-checks his own network on Hillary Clinton, Uranium One

    Fox News anchor Shepard Smith has earned a reputation over the years for ideological apostasy, providing a sharp mid-afternoon break from the conservative perspective that dominates the rest of the network's programming. But on Tuesday, he may have outdone himself. Over the course of six minutes, Smith provided a thorough fact-check of the latest Clinton-related conspiracy theory to capture the attention of Republican lawmakers, and his colleagues at Fox News. Smith, the chief news anchor at Fox, spelled out the specific allegation surrounding the sale of a Canadian company called Uranium One: "Nine people involved in the deal made donations to the Clinton Foundation totaling more than $140 million,

  • Jeff Sessions: We're investigating 27 leaks of classified information

    The Justice Department is conducting 27 investigations into classified leaks of information, a sharp increase from recent years, according to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. At a House oversight hearing on Tuesday, Sessions sought to emphasize that his department is taking the leak "epidemic" seriously. "Members of the committee, we had about nine open investigations of classified leaks in the last three years," Sessions said. "We have 27 investigations open today. We intend to get to the bottom of these leaks." Later, he described the numbers in more detail, saying the Obama-era DOJ investigated "three per year" while the Trump-era DOJ has "27 ongoing investigations." Leak investigations could

  • Some states reluctant to join DOJ against AT&T-Time Warner deal

    AT&T is bracing for an antitrust lawsuit from the Justice Department that would attempt to block its pending acquisition of Time Warner, CNN's parent company, on the grounds that it would harm consumers. But the DOJ is having trouble finding allies. The DOJ's antitrust division has been contacting some state attorneys general to enlist their support -- a common maneuver in cases like this. But few, if any, states have signed on yet, according to an official in a state that has turned down the case. A second source backed up this account. More than a dozen states were involved in the DOJ's review of the deal, the source said. According to the state official, some of them concluded that the legal

  • Rose McGowan surrenders to authorities on drug charges

    (CNN)Actress Rose McGowan turned herself in to authorities in Loudoun County, Virginia, on Tuesday in response to an arrest warrant on charges of drug possession. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority obtained the warrant on February 1, 2017 after authorities allegedly found traces of narcotics in her personal belongings that were left behind on a United flight in January to Washington D.C. "There is a warrant out for my arrest in Virginia," she tweeted at the time. The actress is one of dozens of women who came forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.

  • Rose McGowan pleads not guilty to drug possession

    "There is a warrant out for my arrest in Virginia," she tweeted at the time. "What a load of HORSES**T." McGowan is one of dozens of women who came forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault. Days after The New York Times and The New Yorker published explosive accounts last month of Weinstein's alleged misconduct, McGowan publicly claimed on Twitter that the Hollywood mogul raped her. Through a spokesperson, Weinstein has consistently denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex. According to a report published on Tuesday by The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow, police said a worker cleaning the plane found McGowan's wallet, and in it were two small bags of powder that later tested

  • Scandals provide reason to distinguish stars from their work

    "I can't listen to it now," Colbert said regarding Cosby's albums. "I can't separate it." More recently, Louis C.K.'s admission to misconduct has prompted soul searching, with some revisiting favorable reviews of his critically lauded TV series "Louie" in light of the revelations. Notably, even Louis C.K.'s now-shelved movie, "I Love You, Daddy," grapples with similar issues. In the film, the comic auteur plays a TV producer who is star-struck by a legendary director obviously inspired by Woody Allen -- played by John Malkovich -- until the "old perv," as he's described, begins a relationship with the producer's 17-year-old daughter. Chalk it up, perhaps, to years of exposure to the entertainment

  • 'Super Mario Bros.' animated movie in the works at Illumination Entertainment

    Super Mario could be making his leap to the big screen. Nintendo (NTDOF) is close to a deal with Illumination Entertainment for an animated movie based on the popular video game franchise, "Super Mario Bros.," CNN has confirmed. The deal, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, would bring one of the most familiar pop culture brands to theaters via Illumination Entertainment, which makes animated films for Comcast (CMCSA)'s Universal Pictures. The studio boasts a long streak of blockbuster hits such as "Despicable Me," "Minions," "The Secret Life of Pets" and "Sing." Both Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo declined comment on this story. The timing for a potential "Super Mario