March 21, 2018

The fourth nor'easter in a month is set to pummel New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, with up to 18 inches of snow expected in some areas.

Nicknamed Winter Storm Toby, the forecast includes the potential for coastal flooding as well as "thundersnow" and power outages due to high winds. New York City preemptively announced school closures on Tuesday, affecting some 1.1 million children, and more than 4,000 flights have already been canceled, CBS News and USA Today report.

"Not a bust today folks," tweeted Baltimore meteorologist Tony Pann as the first flakes began to fall. "[T]he storm is just getting started!" Jeva Lange

October 19, 2017

President Trump, set your DVR: The Hallmark Channel's around-the-clock Christmas programming begins … next week.

Despite the fact that Halloween hasn't even happened yet, Hallmark airs the first of its 34 (thirty-four!) new Christmas movies beginning on Oct. 28 with Marry Me at Christmas, KUSA reports. Other feel-good titles coming this season include The Sweetest Christmas, A Joyous Christmas, Christmas in Evergreen, Christmas at Holly Lodge, A Bramble House Christmas — you get the picture. There is going to be a lot of Christmas.

If you can't wait until Oct. 28, the Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas Preview Show airs Oct. 22 — 64 days before Dec. 25. Jeva Lange

August 23, 2016

"This is my fight song, take back my life song, prove I'm alright song…"

Anyone who has watched a Hillary Clinton rally or speech in the past year has probably heard the chorus of Rachel Platten's 2015 anthem "Fight Song," which has become something of the official song of the Democratic campaign. But especially for staffers and journalists following Clinton on the campaign trail, listening to the feel-good pop song over and over (and over) again has become akin to the Ludovico technique — absolute torture.

"I would rather be strapped to a chair and forced to listen to 'Tiny Dancer' on a loop for 9 hours than hear 'Fight Song' one more time," The Daily Beast's Olivia Nuzzi wrote in what many at this point would consider a sane and reasonable bargain.

Yahoo reports that even Clinton staffers are trying not to scream and cover their ears when "Fight Song" comes on:

...Anti-"Fight Song" tweets have been favorited by members of Clinton's team — a gesture that could be seen as a silent, social-media scream from a campaign that has cracked down on leaks. Some staffers declined to even anonymously give an assessment of the song for fear of being disciplined. One Clinton aide admitted to initially disliking the song, but the person suggested the star-studded video of it played at the Democratic National Convention improved their opinion of it.

"The version they played at the convention was actually awesome. It made me stop hating the song, at least temporarily. Like, I'm confident I can handle it for three more months now," the aide said. [Yahoo]

Others offer no compromises. "I hate 'Fight Song.' It's one of the worst songs ever released," Los Angeles Times music critic Gerrick Kennedy said. Jeva Lange

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