Steve Mnuchin Reacts to Being Called a ‘Bond Villain’ Over Viral Money Photos

Last week Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton went viral for photos holding sheets of cash. Mnuchin amusedly responded to some of the reaction this morning on Fox News Sunday, with Chris Wallace noting how some people were calling them “Bond villains.” “I never thought I’d be quoted as looking like villains from James Bond,” Mnuchin said. “I guess I should take that as a compliment that I look like a villain in a great, successful James Bond movie.” Watch above, via Fox. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Twitter Slams Mnuchin, Linton for Posing With Sheets of Cash: ‘Look Like Bond Villains’

The Twitterverse has quite a lot to say over today’s photos from Steve Mnuchin‘s tour through the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The Treasury Secretary was joined by his wife Louise Linton and U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza when they observed the currency production process at the bureau’s printing plant. The signatures of the Treasury Secretary and Treasurer appear on every United States paper bill, so Mnuchin and Carranza used the opportunity to sign the new $1 bills. During the tour, Mnuchin and Linton posed for a few photos of themselves holding up the money: What happened Continue reading "Twitter Slams Mnuchin, Linton for Posing With Sheets of Cash: ‘Look Like Bond Villains’"

The Internet sets writers free…to get new audiences, and also to “dive into a giant flaming garbage pile”

“So here’s the thing about the Internet setting you free, right? The Internet can set you free, but it can also set free those who may want to exploit you for your work.” Manjula Martin has been thinking about how writers make money on the Internet for, in Internet years, a very long time. She launched Who Pays Writers, a crowd-sourced Tumblr of the rates that various on- and offline publications pay, in 2012, and a year later cofounded Scratch Magazine, an online magazine about the relationship between writers and money that she later shut down — it was profitable, but not profitable enough. Many of the themes that Martin has been mulling over come together in her new book, Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living, which includes essays from writers like Choire Sicha, Jonathan Franzen, Jennifer Weiner, and Roxane Gay to “confront Continue reading "The Internet sets writers free…to get new audiences, and also to “dive into a giant flaming garbage pile”"

There’s a Stripper in Cleveland Blogging Her Experience With the Visiting GOPers Every Day

shutterstock_24041404You probably already know this but Republicans are notoriously good tippers among strippers. Yes, the latest GOP platform describes pornography as a “public health crisis,” but that hasn’t ever stopped them from seeking out private parts, whether they are two-dimensional or up close and personal. Family values get the votes, but they don’t quite keep the morale up, you know? Every four years, strippers from all over the place make the journey to wherever the RNC will be held so that they can cash in on the heavy Republican presence in the city. One of those strippers is doing a daily blog for Gawker this year and so far, she’s had some interesting things to say. After being told to change her look something “simpler” and “plain”:
I think the dancer was talking about giving the appearance of having gotten lost on our way home and wandered into Continue reading "There’s a Stripper in Cleveland Blogging Her Experience With the Visiting GOPers Every Day"

Trump Declares that He Has ‘Unlimited Cash’ to Fund Campaign

shutterstock_338184113Donald Trump has fielded a lot of criticism for his fundraising figures from May.  Now, he is looking to push back against those who have questioned his campaign’s health and its finances. Trump claims that, if necessary, he could have ‘unlimited cash’ if he decides to sink some of his own money into the campaign. “If need be, there could be unlimited ‘cash on hand’ as I would put up my own money, as I have already done through the primaries, spending over $50 million dollars. Our campaign is leaner and more efficient, like our government should be,” said Trump, according to the Hill. Trump’s June fundraising report earned heaps of criticism from the media, and has begun to worry some Republicans, who are starting to believe that he may not be serious about the campaign.  Trump’s campaign raised only $3.1 million over the past month and has only $1. Continue reading "Trump Declares that He Has ‘Unlimited Cash’ to Fund Campaign"

Trevor Noah Rips Into Fox News Freakout Over the Harriet Tubman $20

trevorSome of the people on Fox News have gotten pretty worked up about Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20, and tonight Trevor Noah told them this really isn’t worth their outrage. He was especially unimpressed with the one Fox guest who declared that Tubman got her own day back in 1990, since Noah himself has gotten one of those honors, and he hasn’t freed any slaves. Noah proposed that America should have done what South Africa did: replace the white people on the money with animals first, then segue into black icons.
Roy Wood Jr. admitted he’s not really that enthused about the idea, while Desi Lydic took to the streets of New York to take a close look at all the problematic $20s people happened to have on them… Watch above, via Comedy Central. Continue reading "Trevor Noah Rips Into Fox News Freakout Over the Harriet Tubman $20"

Greta: The Gov’t Is Needlessly ‘Dividing the Country’ with Harriet Tubman $20

gretaFox’s Greta Van Susteren ended her show tonight by going on a mini-rant about how the government is “dividing the country” by putting Harriet Tubman on the $20. Wait, what? Yes, Van Susteren tonight said the Obama administration “went stupid” by creating a “completely unnecessary fight” by kicking Andrew Jackson off the bill. She tsk-tsk’ed the government for needlessly stirring up something, and offered this advice:
“Give Tubman her own bill. Like a $25 bill. We could use a $25 bill. Put her picture on that and we could all celebrate. That’s the smart and easy thing to do. But no, some people don’t think and would gratuitously stir up conflict in the nation. That is so awful, and yes, dumb.”
For what it’s worth, traditionalist/culture warrior Bill O’Reilly ended his show tonight––following Van Susteren’s––by saying Continue reading "Greta: The Gov’t Is Needlessly ‘Dividing the Country’ with Harriet Tubman $20"