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A Senate panel’s deep divide over giving President Barack Obama the authority to use U.S. military force against Syria underscores the commander in chief’s challenge in persuading skeptical lawmakers and wary allies to back greater intervention in an intractable civil war. The administration was pressing ahead Thursday with its full-scale sales job, holding another round of closed-door meetings for members of Congress about its intelligence on Syria. On another continent, Obama was certain to face questions from world leaders when he arrives in St. Petersburg, Russia, for an economic summit.
The poet and author of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” will be this year’s recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community, the National Book Foundation announced Thursday. It is the first major literary prize for the 85-year-old Angelou, who has been celebrated everywhere from the Grammy Awards to the White House. She has received three Grammys for best spoken word album, a National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.
Shortly after pleading guilty to perjury, George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, has filed for divorce. According to ABC News, she revealed the trial had taken a toll on their relationship and, even though she stood by his side during the murder trial, he was nowhere to be found during her perjury case.
Billboard has named “Blurred Lines” the song of the summer. The Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. song has seen its fair share of controversy, but that didn’t stop it from making waves on the radio. The list includes “Radioactive” at number two, followed by Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” came in at number four, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Can’t Hold Us” rounding out the top five.
The comedian recently responded to hecklers from his show in Hartford, Connecticut. According to TMZ, Chappelle told his Chicago audience they were “so much better than Hartford” and if North Korea drops a bomb on the U.S., he hopes it “lands in Hartford, Connecticut.” Ouch, that seems a little harsh. The gossip site also said the comedian called the New England crowd “young, White alcoholics.”
In a revealing interview with The New York Times, the Miami Heat captain revealed his then-girlfriend Faith Rein had an abortion in the couple’s wedding announcement. While Haslem said he is a “not a fan of abortion,” they both had sports careers at the time and could not financially provide for a baby.
During the Made in America festival last year, a woman claimed the rapper slapped her as he walked through a crowd of dancing fans, according to the Associated Press. The private criminal complaint says A$AP, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, gave her whiplash.