Palin’s potty mouth — Obama courts entrepreneurs – Huntsman campaign grows — W.H. speechwriter Adam Frankel’s best lunch ever – Rod O’Connor to London — Bauer, Axelrod, Sherzer, Slater b’days

BREAKING: At a presidential event today at Cleveland State University, SBA Administrator Karen Mills will announce that over the next several months the administration will hold a series of eight “Startup America: Reducing Barriers” roundtables across the country “to hear directly from entrepreneurs on ideas and suggestions for reducing barriers and creating a more supportive environment for growth and innovation.” Roundtables are planned for: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Boulder, Durham, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley. TRIPOLI TIPPING POINT – WSJ: “Gadhafi Battles to Hang On” … L.A. Times: “Fear was his longtime shield: The strongman can no longer contain Libyans’ rage” … The Daily Mail: “TYRANT ON THE RUN” … N.Y. Daily News wood, “’DAFY DUCKS” … N.Y. Times 2-col. lead, “QADDAFI’S FORCES STRIKE WITH FURY AS UNREST GROWS: Witnesses Describe Attacks in Tripoli Backed by Copters and Planes” … WashPost: “Libyan regime launches brutal crackdown.” Story Continued Below --TOP TALKER – USA Today lead story, “If unrest spreads, gas may hit $5” by peak summer driving season, according to a guessing analyst who said it “isn’t out of the question”: “The average price of regular is expected to rise to $3.25 within a few days. [Monday’s national average: $3.17.] Gas prices are up 20% from levels a year ago but nearly 23% below the record $4.11 average set in July 2008.” RAHM’S ELECTION TODAY – Chicago Tribune A1: “It’s now the voters’ turn to choose the successor to Mayor Daley.” AP: “Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST. … Voters … will cast ballots that for the first time in more than two decades do not have Daley's name on the list. And they may select the city's first Jewish mayor, Rahm Emanuel. Or the Continue Reading

​This week on “Sunday Morning” (March 19)

Last Updated Mar 19, 2017 7:13 AM EDT Full episodes of “Sunday Morning” are now available to watch on demand on and CBS All Access, including via Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon FireTV/FireTV stick and Xbox. Now you’ll never miss the trumpet! Host: Jane PauleyWATCH THE FULL 3/19 EPISODE!  Remembering Chuck Berry: A rock ‘n’ roll pioneer | Watch VideoWEB EXTRA VIDEO: From 1972: Chuck Berry on his first hit, “Maybellene”WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Chuck Berry on retirement: “There’s no such thing”COVER STORY: Welcome to the happiest country on Earth | Watch VideoFor more info:United Nations’ World Happiness Report (Released March 20, 2017) | Past reportsHappiness Research Institute, CopenhagenVisit Denmark (Official site)Meet the DanesThe Falklands War | Watch VideoFROM THE ARCHIVES: CBS News coverage of the end of the Falklands War (Video) For more info: The Falkland Islands ConflictThe Question of the Malvinas Islands (Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs)SIN CITY: The Neon Museum: Saving the bright lights of Las Vegas | Watch VideoFROM THE ARCHIVES: The ever-changing Vegas Strip (VIDEO)For more info: The Neon Museum, Las VegasYoung Electric Sign Company (YESCO)FASHION: Betsey Johnson: Fashion’s free spirit | Watch VideoIt’s no small feat for the 74-year-old designer. Since the 1960s, the maniacally free-spirited New York designer’s clothes have been the uniform for folks that didn’t want to look like everyone else. Serena Altschul gets a glimpse into Johnson’s world. GALLERY: Betsey Johnson on the runway For more info:  betseyjohnson.comFollow @xoBetseyJohnson on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube      POSTCARD FROM TOKYO: Marie Kondo is cleaning up | Watch VideoLucy Craft meets up with one very tidy lady. For more info: (Marie Kondo’s official Continue Reading

What will the street style stars be wearing this fashion month?

With show season kicking off this week in New York, the fashion world is looking ahead to the next round of collections. But the action off the catwalk offers just as much style inspiration as the glossy productions, with street style photographers documenting the style influencers' every move. Street style snaps often set the bar for what we’ll actually be wearing next in real life. These are the pieces we can expect to spot at every turn - buy now and stay ahead of the curve... A Staud bag Brainchild of Sarah Staudinger, new ready-to-wear and accessories brand, Staud, has quickly garnered a cult following. The label’s structured, modern shapes are perfect fashion week arm candy - its Bissett and Moreau styles have already been seen swinging on the arms of Alexa Chung, New York-based stylist Kate Foley and Man Repeller founder Leandra Medine. This season, we’ve got our eye on the Shirley - a perspex and leather design which strikes a spring-like note, and is compact, but spacious enough to hold front row essentials. A Saks Potts coat The Copenhagen-based outerwear brand is fast cementing itself as a fashion-world favourite. And in February, particularly in chilly New York City, we can see why. The quirky, colourful and cosy coats and jackets have graced the shoulders of a host of insiders, including Veronika Heilbrunner, Pernille Teisbaek, Adwoa Aboah and Eva Chen. This season we expect them to be ubiquitous - bubblegum pink mohair is just the thing to brighten cold-weather days, and if the weather turns balmy by Paris, simply shrug it the shoulders. The Veja trainers Running between shows, flats are essential, particularly for navigating the snow/ice/hail/rain which is often a mainstay of the February calendar. French brand, Veja, is on it's way to becoming the only trainers label to wear, with global search platform Lyst recently witnessing a 35% increase in searches for Continue Reading

This week’s best deals: Travel, pancakes and fashion

By Michelle Mills | [email protected] | San Gabriel Valley Tribune PUBLISHED: February 23, 2018 at 11:33 am | UPDATED: February 23, 2018 at 2:48 pm The end of February finds us thinking about how far we want to go for a deal. There are bargains for traveling the world, discounts in your neighborhood and sales at your fingertips. Here’s a few good finds to get you started. BIG ASSORTMENT has marked down 12,000 items up to 75 percent. Shop for jewelry, like a trendy pair of large hoop tassel earrings, apparel, activewear, drinkware, tech, bags and more. The sale is Sunday, Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the store, 1110 N. Beachwood Drive, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles or online at SPRING CLEANING LF Stores is holding its annual Winter Blow Out Sale to make room for warm weather wear. Women’s fall and winter merchandise, such as tops, bottoms, sweaters, dresses, coats, boots, shoes and more, are reduced 60 percent. Shop in store at locations in Beverly Hills, El Segundo, Laguna Beach, Larchmont, Marina Del Rey and Venice or go to Related: A look at all 100 gold medal winners in Team USA’s Winter Olympic history WINTER WOWS If the Olympics inspired you to hit the snow, Ski and Snowboard Outlet may be a good place to start shopping. Its stores boast a wide selection of outdoor snow apparel for men, women and children, plus new and used skis, snowboards and accessories. You can find brands like North Face, Ripcurl, Tactic, Roxy, Head and Nordica at savings from 30-80 percent. Ski and Snowboard Outlet is in San Gabriel and Santa Ana or visit online at SERVING SMILES Visit your local IHOP 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, for one free short stack of original buttermilk pancakes and you’ll feel good twice. For every plate served, IHOP will make a donation to local children’s hospitals and health organizations with a goal of $5 million. You are invited to make a donation as Continue Reading

This week in odd news: Kitty scares; chickens saved; iguanas rain down

MAN ALLEGES BOBCAT ATTACK; CONDO OWNER SAYS IT WAS HOUSECAT TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida contractor says he was attacked by a bobcat inside a woman's condo, but the animal's owner says her feline is no predator, just a 10-pound domestic longhair kitty named Calli. The contractor, Marcos Hernandez, filed a lawsuit in Tampa on Dec. 19, alleging condo owner Christine Lee illegally kept a bobcat inside her unit. He said a bobcat scratched him on May 16, causing serious injuries after he entered the condo to conduct a fire safety inspection. Hernandez was in the condo alone, Lee said, something that shouldn't have happened. She said an employee from the building was supposed to accompany him inside. "This has gotten so blown out of proportion, it's ridiculous," Lee said. According to the lawsuit, Hernandez said he was attacked by an unleashed bobcat and suffered permanent injuries. He's seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages. Hernandez said Lee had a duty to provide a safe environment and failed to warn him about the bobcat. Lee said that's nonsense. She only has a fluffy, tortoiseshell-colored housecat and a sleeker black cat named Max. She doesn't know which cat may have scratched Hernandez, but Max's color would likely rule him out. She has not yet retained an attorney. "I'm not denying he got scratched, what he was doing to get scratched, I don't know," she said, adding that when she arrived home that day, Calli was "cowering and scared." Max was underneath her bed. Calli, who is 3 1/2, is friendly, Lee said. But "just like any animal, she is guarded. If they feel threatened, they may attack, scratch or bite." Soon after the incident, she was informed by building management that Hernandez had been scratched, but she hadn't heard of the lawsuit until this week, when the Tampa Bay Times first wrote about the case and took a photo of Calli. Hernandez is also suing the condo building's owner. Lee said she has never owned a bobcat. "A bobcat Continue Reading

This week in odd news: Chickens saved and falling iguanas

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Florida authorities are sharing the details of an unusual 911 call on New Year's Eve, from a man who said he wanted to report himself drunk-driving. Polk County Sheriff's officials say the dispatcher kept him talking while directing officers to the scene. When the dispatcher asked Michael Lester where he was, he said, "I'm too drunk. I don't know where I'm at." And when she asked what he'd been doing all night, he said "I don't know, driving around, trying to get pulled over, actually." "I'm driving on the wrong side of the road," he said later. The operator repeatedly urged him to park his truck and wait for officers to find him. Unfortunately, he chose the wrong spot. "Look, I'm parked in the middle of the road," he said. Sirens could be heard in the background a short time later. Deputies said Lester admitted drinking beers and swallowing methamphetamine. He also said he'd barely slept for several days. The sheriff's office Facebook post says Lester's criminal history includes DUI, aggravated battery, drug possession and hit-and-run. "Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime. Innocent people are too often injured or killed from impaired drivers. DUI is not a laughing matter," sheriff's officials wrote. "However ... in this particular incident, nobody was hurt, so we couldn't help but LOTO (that means we Laughed Our Tasers Off)." MINOT, N.D. -- Authorities say a North Dakota man who wheeled a shopping cart with stolen merchandise out of a Hobby Lobby craft store was stopped by snow. Police say 22-year-old Dustin Johnson filled up a cart with about $4,000 in products at a Hobby Lobby store in Minot on Wednesday. After the cart got stuck in the snow in the parking lot and tipped over, Johnson allegedly ran off. Police say that along with the merchandise, Johnson left behind his wallet - which contained identification with his address. Johnson is charged in Ward County with theft of property. Court documents Continue Reading

Little town of Copenhagen, N.Y., is this winter’s snowiest spot in U.S.

Copenhagen, Denmark, has nothing on Copenhagen, N.Y., where a flier in the post office trumpets upcoming snowmobile drag races and the sound of an occasional "splat!" signals the plummet of an icy chunk from a weary roof onto Main Street. Unlike its European counterpart, which has seen a relatively snow-free winter, the hamlet in central New York has earned the dubious honor of being the snowiest spot in the United States this winter, with upward of 20 feet of snow since Nov. 15. That makes tiny Copenhagen, population about 800, snowier than Boston, whose suburbs have measured at least 88 inches since mid-November; snowier than Steamboat Springs, Colo., which lays claim to 135.8 inches; and far snowier than California's snowiest spot, Soda Springs, high in the Sierra near the infamous Donner Pass. It has seen 115.5 inches, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, which collects snow reports from thousands of volunteers in every state. Granted, the group's posted totals are not perfect, because not every volunteer submits a report after each storm. Copenhagen's extraordinary amount of snow, however, is not in dispute, and it may be substantially more than what the network, which goes by the tropical-sounding acronym CoCoRaHS, lists on its website. It gives Copenhagen 238.9 inches, while the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants it 256.2 inches. Either way, it is an immense amount of snow, which might have gone unnoticed except for a story that appeared Saturday on, which put together its own list of the country's most snowed-under communities based on NOAA statistics. Copenhagen was firmly on top, giving the town the weather heroism that locals say is long overdue. "We've had snow as late as Mother's Day," Molly Williams said proudly as she put highlights into the hair of a customer at the Dragonfly Salon. "We love that we made the news. There have been years Buffalo got so much attention and nobody paid any Continue Reading

Young architect gets jump-start in Jackson Heights

You never know who lives next door. Like Steve Jobs tinkering with computers in his parents’ garage, Nirvana jamming in some Seattle basement or Andy Warhol sketching soup cans in a Union Square loft, great things happen all around us. Architects with vision have to begin somewhere, too. Haiko Cornelissen founded his own architecture firm in a two-bedroom apartment across from a church on 34th Ave. in Jackson Heights, Queens. Born in Amsterdam, Cornelissen and his wife, Becky, have lived in the neighborhood more than six years. After renting for three years, they bought their apartment for $225,000. Almost immediately, with his wife pregnant, Cornelissen did what all young architects want to do. He turned his home into a calling card. “I’m not trying to design beautiful things,” says Cornelissen. “I’m trying to design beautiful innovations. Too many architects today are just concerned with building beautiful things, but they enhance nothing. I want to build ideas and forms that are repeated, that improve how we live.” Aaron Showalter for New York Daily News Architect Haiko Cornelissen and his son, Sven, born during the apartment construction. Starting with the average two-bedroom in the average brick co-op, Cornelissen updated the urban living experience for his client — in this case his wife, who loves to read, cook and entertain. The focal point of the home is a chef’s island made of plaster that looks like a modern form of an ancient chimney. An IKEA kitchen is altered to wedge out and back to fit appliances, store objects and make way for a window on the apartment’s western wall, allowing light. For the middle of the room, Cornelissen created an aluminum dining table topped with grass. “When Becky was in school in Paris, we lived in a dorm-type room,” says Cornelissen, of what he called a “picNYC Table.” “When people would come over, we would take food Continue Reading

After escaping Afghanistan following father’s execution, Sky Blue FC star Nadia Nadim has finally found life after death

BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. — On a cold, gray morning on the Jersey shore, wind slapping her face and the air as soggy as a sponge, the star striker of Sky Blue FC is carrying on as if it were a beach day. Nadia Nadim may have happier moments than when she is on a soccer field. It's just hard to remember them. She and her teammates are scrimmaging against a local men's team, and Nadim is on the front line, her body scarcely wider than a goalpost, her game full of creative riffs and off-the-ball improvisations, the pursuit of goals morphing into her own personal form of jazz, taking her to a joyful place. "When I am passionate about something the way I am with soccer, I just want to play all the time," Nadim says. Sky Blue opens its third season in the National Women's Soccer League this weekend against FC Kansas City, defending NWSL champions, and Nadia Nadim, No. 9 in your program, provides them with an offensive force with few equals, and a back story with no equals. It's not so much that the 27-year-old Nadim speaks five languages (English, Danish, German, Persian and Urdu) or is about 18 months away from becoming a doctor. How many international soccer stars do you know who grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan? Who had to flee to Pakistan, then endure a harrowing passage through Europe before being dumped in the wrong country? Who have had to live with the kind of loss Nadia Nadim has; who have had their father executed by the Taliban? "One day he left, and he never came back," Nadia Nadim says. Seventeen years later, Nadia Nadim, the second of five daughters, is playing professional soccer in Jersey, following a remarkable life journey that she says both of her parents set out for her. She remembers her father, Rabani, as a loving and forward-thinking man who introduced her to soccer and taught her to play inside the garden walls of their home in Kabul, because he knew it wouldn't be acceptable to the wider world. He was a father who wanted his Continue Reading

Kanye West oughtta be in pictures, say Harvey Weinstein & other pals; ‘Zoolander’ is back on catwalk

And the Oscar goes to — Kanye West? Record producer Damon Dash has been tweeting out a storm about wanting to produce movies with Kanye West, and Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein tells [email protected] the “Yeezus” rapper could be a fantastic filmmaker. “Love it,” he told us about the idea at the First Time Fest honoring Weinstein at the Gansevoort Park Rooftop. Weinstein, however, stopped short of saying he’s ready to make movies with Kanye. “No, I want to rap instead,” he joked, adding, “I’m definitely going to do that.” While MC Harvey might have to wait a while for a record deal, Weinstein says not only will West be as good a filmmaker as he is a rapper — he’ll be superb. “I’m excited,” Weinstein said. “He’ll be great. I’ve known Kanye a long time. I’m kidding about the rap. He’s going to be a great film maker. He really is good.” West isn’t a stranger to moviemaking. In 2012 he directed a 30-minute film, “Cruel Summer,” that debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. His Yeezus Tour is said to have been inspired by filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 film “The Holy Mountain.” Last summer Jodorowsky complimented the rapper for having a “beautiful, childlike soul.” IF LOOKS COULD ILL: ZOOLANDER’S BACK The "Magnum" look conquered Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday. Fictional models Derek Zoolander and Hansel, also known as actors Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, shocked the French fashion world by walking the catwalk at Valentino’s runway show to promote their highly anticipated sequel “Zoolander 2.” The model-mocking film will hit theaters next Feb. 12. FRANCO’S BOILING AFTER HOT TUB Don’t upset James Franco when he’s wet. While at the former L.A. mansion of Frank Sinatra for a film shoot this week, the Continue Reading