Say it ain't so
March 25, 2014
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Are you sitting down? Because Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have "decided to separate." The news was announced on Paltrow's aspirational-living site Goop. There was no mention of "divorce." In fact, the pair — who have been married for a decade — describe their action as "conscious uncoupling," a term that reeks of too many sad therapy sessions.

This news may not come as a surprise to some. Paltrow has her fair share of haters and Martin has faded into the background of late (unless you count appearing as a judge on the upcoming season of The Voice). But, personally, I find it depressing. Is nothing sacred in Hollywood?

If anything ever happens to Ellen and Portia, then you'll find me curled up with a magnum blasting some Coldplay tunes, thank you. Come to think of it, "Fix You" suddenly sounds all too prophetic.

Read the full write-up from "Gwyneth and Chris" here. Lauren Hansen

Breaking news
2:58 p.m. ET
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Michele Leonhart, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency, will soon resign, according to CNN and CBS. There appear to be two reasons: first, Leonhart's resistance to lenient Obama administration policy towards medical and legal marijuana, and the recent sex and corruption scandal at the agency.

Of the two, the second is likely the major reason. A recent report from the Department of Justice's Inspector General found that DEA agents had allegedly attended "sex parties" paid for by local drug cartels. In testimony before Congress a week ago, Leonhart did so badly that she created actual bipartisan consensus about her poor leadership.

A replacement administrator has not yet been announced. Ryan Cooper

This just in
2:54 p.m. ET

A Saudi-led coalition has ended its bombing campaign against Yemen's Houthi rebels, according to a statement read Tuesday on the state-owned Arabiya TV.

Dubbed "Storm of Resolve," the monthlong bombing campaign began as Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who had already fled the capital of Sanaa to a redoubt in Aden, fled the country entirely. Though the campaign was ostensibly concerned with aiding the embattled government, it was widely seen as an attempt to head of a perceived threat from Iran, which supports the rebels.

The military campaign will transition into an as yet undefined mission, called "Operation Restoring Hope," aimed at finding a political resolution to the crisis in Yemen. Jon Terbush

Really?
1:44 p.m. ET

Yes, you read that correctly. Starbucks' "Limited Edition Mother's Day Premium Starbucks Card" costs $200, but the gift card's value is only $50.

So where is the other $150 going? According to the product's listing in the Starbucks Store, the card has "laser-etched floral details" and a "satin ceramic finish."

Starbucks ran a similar promotion last holiday season, offering a $50 gift card for $200, though that one was made of silver. If your mom really loves Starbucks, you're probably better off just buying her a regular gift card. Meghan DeMaria

2016 Watch
12:56 p.m. ET
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The conventional wisdom surrounding the 2016 Democratic primary has long held that Hillary Clinton is vulnerable to a challenge from her left. It's why Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), despite insisting again and again she has zero intention of joining the race, is still considered a dark horse candidate.

So it's no surprise that Clinton has adopted a decidedly progressive tone of late, with her team wanting to prove she "was the original Elizabeth Warren," according to The New York Times.

For anyone who wondered what kind of economic message Mrs. Clinton would deliver in her campaign, the first few days made it clear: She is embracing the ideas trumpeted by Ms. Warren and the populist movement — that the wealthy have been benefiting disproportionately from the economy, while the middle class and the poor have been left behind. [The New York Times]

In an illuminating example, the Times reports that Clinton, while meeting with economists earlier this year, said the economy could use a "toppling" of the top one percent. It's not quite Warren going all in on big banks and Wall Street, but it suggests a more populist platform than many expected from the former secretary of state. Jon Terbush

This is a big deal
11:45 a.m. ET
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A bill that would add revisions to cosmetics regulations has received bipartisan support. If approved, the bill would further the FDA's ability to force companies to recall products and disclose information about public health risks.

The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), would be the first major revision to industry regulations since 1938, The New York Times reports. It would give the FDA the power to force recalls and disclose "serious" health effects, such as disfigurement and death, within 15 business days. Under current regulations, cosmetics companies voluntarily recall products and disclose health information.

The bill would also allow the FDA to study five cosmetic chemicals a year. The first set includes propylparaben, which is used to preserve many cosmetics, and lead acetate, which is common in men's hair dye. Meghan DeMaria

Playing politics
11:28 a.m. ET
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A new study published at Political Research Quarterly indicates that many Americans who identify with one of the major parties make their electoral decisions more like a sports fan than an informed voter.

What motivates partisans to vote is "not high-minded, good-government, issue-based goals," says Patrick Miller of the University of Kansas, who co-authored the research with the University of North Carolina's Pamela Johnston Conover. Instead, "It's, 'I hate the other party. I'm going to go out, and we're going to beat them.'"

Using data from the 2010 Cooperative Congressional Election Study, which identified strong and weak partisans and independents on a seven-point range, Miller and Conover's research found that 65 percent of partisans valued their team's victory as much or more than political convictions. Fewer than 15 percent of Democrats and Republicans believed their rivals possessed "core moral traits," and 38 percent of both sides were willing to "use any tactics necessary," including violence and fraud, to win an election. Rivalry increased with age, and the "more partisans are hostile and lean toward incivility, the more active they are politically." Bonnie Kristian

The police state
11:04 a.m. ET
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Though Attorney General Eric Holder has frequently criticized police brutality — and his Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released a damning report on police misconduct in Ferguson, Mo. — an investigation by the New York Times finds that during Holder's tenure, the DOJ "has supported police officers every time an excessive-force case has made its way to arguments" at the Supreme Court.

On a broader level, the Holder DOJ has generally made it easier for police to use force at their own discretion and more difficult for citizens to successfully lodge a complaint. This is nothing new, though high profile civil rights inquiries like the Ferguson report have highlighted the contradictions in DOJ approaches to police behavior.

Law professor William R. Yeomans of American University argues that Holder would face immense institutional opposition from federal law enforcement should he attempt to change the DOJ's basic pro-police stance: "The institutional interests in support of law enforcement are very powerful and very real," he said. Bonnie Kristian

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