CNN’s Fareed Zakaria: Wyoming having same number of senators as California is a ‘structural problem’

CNN hosts Fareed Zakaria and Don Lemon expressed their frustration with the electoral map and the structure of Congress, calling the Constitutional concept of equal representation in the U.S. Senate a "structural problem." In a Washington Post op-ed, Zakaria weighed in on the “new dividing line in Western politics,” which he describes is the “less-educated rural populations” he … Continue reading “CNN’s Fareed Zakaria: Wyoming having same number of senators as California is a ‘structural problem’”

CNN hosts Fareed Zakaria and Don Lemon expressed their frustration with the electoral map and the structure of Congress, calling the Constitutional concept of equal representation in the U.S. Senate a "structural problem."

In a Washington Post op-ed, Zakaria weighed in on the “new dividing line in Western politics,” which he describes is the “less-educated rural populations” he calls “Outsiders’” who “feel ignored or looked down upon” and “feel deep resentment towards metropolitan elites.”

“If you look at the people who feel the most outrage… it tends to be on the older side, white men with less education who live outside cities,” Zakaria told CNN host Don Lemon. “Because in a way, their world has been upended. They lived in these small towns and they felt they had a lot of status, they had a steady job, and that world has gone away and that world has been replaced by, you know, the jobs are gone, that status has gone away with the rise of a much more diverse, heterogeneous society.”

Zakaria then pointed to a study which determined that 75 percent of the economic gains since the 2008 recession “have gone to the 50 top cities in America,” and noted that all the cities together “occupy 3.5 percent of the landmass of America.”

“So what’s happening is economic activity and opportunity is being concentrated in these small, you know, strips on the coast and a few cities in the center,” Zakaria elaborated. “And the people who are not there feel like they’ve just been left behind and they once had status and now they’re angry and resentful.”

“But that’s where the populations are,” Lemon told Zakaria, who noted that 70 percent of Americans live in cities. “That’s what has people so upset. And now you see resentment on the part of people who live in the city because they feel they’re being represented by a smaller group in the country… Next year, we’re going to have a Senate that the majority represents a minority of Americans in this country.”

“Well, another way to put that statistic is 30 percent of America is now electing 70 percent of the Senate,” Zakaria replied. “All those states with — you think of Wyoming. It has roughly a million people. It has two senators. California with 70 million people has two senators as well. So we have a kind of structural problem here where the land is being overrepresented. The people are being underrepresented. So both sides feel deeply wronged.”

What wasn’t acknowledged by either of the CNN hosts is that in the House of Representatives, Wyoming only has one representative while California has 53, the most of any state.

Jada Pinkett Smith says she used ecstasy, weed and alcohol to cope with depression

Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about her past drug and alcohol abuse to cope with her depression and said she struggled with suicidal thoughts when she achieved success early in her career.

In Monday’s episode of "Red Table Talk," Smith addressed mental health and spoke about rapper Mac Miller, who died of an accidental drug overdose in September. The actress said she could relate to Miller’s struggles because she also dealt with issues in the past.


"When I looked at [Miller's] circumstances I felt for him because I knew that could have been me, easily. I was the same way. In my depression, using ecstasy, drinking a whole lot, you know, and smoking a bunch of weed and trying to just find some peace in my mind," Smith said.

"It's like, I knew [what] I was doing — I was doing ecstasy because I wanted to party," she added. "I was doing ecstasy, weed and a bottle of Courvoisier because I wanted to get lit. I wasn't making the connection, and I knew … I knew I was on the course of addiction. I was very clear about it."

Smith also revealed she had a "complete emotional collapse" when she was around 20 years old that led to suicidal thoughts.


"I had gotten to LA and gotten a certain amount of success and realized that that wasn't the answer," the "Girls Trip" star said. “It wasn’t what was going to make everything okay. [It] actually made this worse. I was extremely suicidal, I had a complete emotional collapse."

Smith has been open about her past struggles with depression. She said in June there was a period where considered taking her own life.

Smith was joined by her daughter, Willow Smith, and rapper Kid Cudi, who also spoke about his own experience with his mental health, for the episode.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Quentin Tarantino reportedly fends off 2 burglars in his Los Angeles home

Quentin Tarantino is reportedly safe after a scary encounter at his Los Angeles home saw him confronting two burglars in the middle of the night.

According to TMZ, the 55-year-old director was at home on Sunday around midnight when he heard two men in his home. Police believe the intruders made their way in through the house’s back window and proceeded to load up on valuables, including jewelry.

Tarantino, hearing the commotion, confronted the two men. It’s unclear at this time what exactly happened in the alleged confrontation, but the two suspects reportedly hightailed it out of there. However, they managed to make off with some of the star’s property. Tarantino has not commented on the situation.

Representatives for Tarantino did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The LAPD is reportedly investigating the incident and is hoping to get nearby surveillance video to help ID the burglars.

The incident is eerily similar to one experienced in October by former “Boy Meets World” actor William Daniels. The 91-year-old was at home with his wife when he heard someone trying to break into his home. He turned on the light and scared the would-be burglars away before any harm or theft could take place.

Meghan Markle shows off baby bump during nursing home visit

Meghan Markle cradled her baby bump and showed off her calligraphy skills during a visit to a nursing home in her last royal public appearance before Christmas.

The 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex chatted with residents at the Royal Variety residential nursing and care home Brinsworth House in Twickenham, England, on Tuesday.

"The Royal Variety Charity, of which The Queen is Patron, assists those who have worked professionally in the entertainment industry and are in need of help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times," Kensington Palace wrote in a tweet.

It was a fitting assignment for Markle, who starred on "Suits" and was a briefcase girl on "Deal or No Deal" before marrying Prince Harry in May 2018.

The Duchess told one resident that she's doing "very good … very pregnant."

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex visits the Royal Variety Charity’s residential nursing and care home Brinsworth House, in Twickenham, south west London, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. The Royal Variety Charity assists those who have worked professionally in the entertainment industry and are in need of help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times. (Geoff Pugh/Pool via AP)

Markle made Christmas ornaments with residents and flaunted the calligraphy skills she used while she worked at Paper Source before her acting career took off.

The visit comes after Markle's appearance at the British Fashion Awards, where the Duchess received backlash for her habit of cradling her baby bump.

Markle and Prince Harry announced in October that they're expecting their first child.

The baby is due in spring 2019.

Gregg Jarrett brings ‘The Russian Hoax’ to Fox Nation: ‘Illicit scheme to clear Hillary Clinton and frame Donald Trump’

Gregg Jarrett’s “The Russian Hoax” is an in-depth discussion based on the Fox News legal analyst’s acclaimed booked about the “illicit scheme to clear Hillary Clinton and frame Donald Trump” that airs exclusively on Fox Nation, the new on-demand, subscription-based streaming service for Fox News superfans.

Jarrett, a New York Times best-selling author and Fox News legal analyst, leads viewers through Clinton’s email scandal, former FBI director James Comey’s role in the ordeal, the appointment of Special counsel Robert Mueller, along with a panel of experts who weigh in on the ongoing Russian investigation.

Former FBI assistant director Bill Gavin, “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer, investigative journalist Sara Carter, and former U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy make up the Fox Nation panel.

“There is nothing that will motivate people in Washington more than the threat of power forfeited,” Jarrett says. “This appears to have been the motive of top officials at the FBI and the Department of Justice.”


Jarrett says powerful figures abused their power to undermine the democratic process, simply because they preferred Clinton as President of the United States.

“It all began with Hillary Clinton, she clearly violated several difference provisions of the Espionage Act,” Jarrett said, offering a series of controversial statements made by Clinton.

“To say she didn’t know what ‘C’ meant is absurd… she should have gotten a set of handcuffs,” Gavin said in response to Clinton claiming she didn’t realize the letter was an abbreviation for “confidential.”

Carter agreed, noting that Clinton “spent her life” in politics.

“Her husband was the President of the United States,” Carter said. “She knew very well what classified meant.”


The panel the pivots to Comey, who Jarrett feels did a “legal summersault” when he recommended no charges against Clinton despite saying there was evidence during the same press conference.

“Obama said in April that he didn’t want her indicted and the rest is details,” Gavin said.


The panel dives into other aspects of the probe during the special, such as the infamous dossier and the definition of “collusion.”

All programming on Fox Nation is commercial free and available in the service’s archives, allowing subscribers to access the programs at any time.

“The Fuhrman Diaries,” “Borked,” “Scandalous,” “War Stories with Oliver North,” Ace of Spaces” The Hunt for Saddam Hussein,” “Terror Strikes Back: Boston Strikes back,” “Honor Killing in America,” “The Birth of Jesus,” Andrew Jackson: Hero Under Fire,” “The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden,” “Fly Me To The Moon” and “Three Days in January” are among the other programs exclusive to Fox Nation.

Fox Nation is also home to exclusive documentaries, such as “The First Family,” a candid look at the Trump family, “Riddle: The Search for James R. Hoffa” and a plethora of exclusive content from Fox News’ biggest stars such as Ainsley Earhardt, Steve Doocy, Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld and Brian Kilmeade

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @briansflood.

Miley Cyrus reveals NSFW fact about Liam Hemsworth’s anatomy

Miley Cyrus revealed details about Liam Hemsworth's anatomy that isn’t necessarily Internet-friendly.

The pop star responded to SourPsycho's Instagram post on Sunday of a meme about five characteristics all men don't have at the same time.

"No man has all five: Good d—k game, empathy, a height above 5'9, no h—s, common sense."

Cyrus begged to differ, commenting on the post: "Mine does! Don't give up!"

Lili Reinhart, who is dating Cole Sprouse, also chimed in on the meme by saying she too, has "found one."


The "Wrecking Ball" singer reconnected with Hemsworth in 2016 more than two years after they broke off their engagement. Cyrus also revealed on "The Howard Stern Show" last week that her fiancé was "awarded" for saving the animals on their Malibu ranch during the deadly Woolsey Fire that also burned down their home.

"Liam, I've never loved him more for this," Cyrus told Howard Stern. "I call him my survival partner now. He thinks it's not romantic, but I learned that it is. It is why you pair up with someone, for survival. He was so incredible — he got all the animals out in his truck. He put two pigs in crates, which I tell you is so hard."

"He got a lot of action for saving the animals," she added.

Cyrus also made headlines on Saturday when she wore a silver jacket open and with no shirt underneath during her performance on "Saturday Night Live." The jacket miraculously stayed in place, avoiding an unwanted nip slip while she sang.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Fans beg Kim Zolciak to lay off the lip injections

Fans are begging Kim Zolciak to lay off the lip fillers.

The "Real Housewives of Atlanta" alum posted a selfie Sunday flaunting an extremely puffy pout, leaving followers horrified at the lengths to which she's gone to alter her appearance.

"You …. look like mrs potato head," one commenter wrote.

"You can’t buy natural beauty no matter how hard she tries. She looks like a 50 year old botched old lady," another commented.

Another claimed that the "Don't Be Tardy" star made Kylie Jenner — also famous for her artificially large lips — look like a natural beauty by comparison.


Some defended Zolciak from critics, with one user writing, "I think what people need to realise [sic] is that this is @kimzolciakbiermann body, she chooses what she wants to have done. It's no one else's business to comment, critique or shame her for what she chooses. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone who has negative comments needs to mind their business."

Zolciak, 40, previously demurred questions about potential plastic surgery, telling Entertainment Tonight that she simply would never have had the time to get work done, but admitted, "I've been doing my lips … I've been getting Botox since I was very, very young for migraines initially, and now it's the obvious reason. I got my boobs done."

Zolciak also said she got a tummy-tuck along with a hernia operation, as well as skin-tightening, but that she can't get plastic surgery for at least a year because she's on blood thinners following a stroke.

Jenna Jameson swears off snacking in latest weight loss advice post showing dramatic change

Jenna Jameson can't stop herself from sharing her diet tips after shedding nearly 80 pounds of post-baby weight using the keto diet.

"Things that have helped me lose weight- I stopped snacking. I allow myself to get hungry," she captioned a before-and-after snap on Monday. "I walk to where I need to go. I stop eating when I’m satisfied."

Jameson, 44, added that she practices intermittent fasting from 6 p.m. to 11 a.m. and avoids processed foods and rarely dines out.

"I accept that slow progress is PROGRESS. I take progress pictures to motivate me," she wrote. "I only shop the perimeter at the market. I consider eating as nourishing not as a reward. I adjust my food according to how my body is reacting. If I am stalled, I eat less calories or cut dairy. Most importantly, I treat myself with love and patience."

Last week, the former porn star showed off a heavily filtered photo, claiming that her diet — high fat, low carb, moderate protein — also eliminated inflammation in her body.

Earlier this month, Jameson shared her meal plan, later revealing that cutting dairy makes her abs and obliques more defined.

In September, Jameson revealed that it took her 17 months to get to her goal weight of 123 pounds after welcoming daughter Batel in April 2017.

Country band Alabama mark 50 years with new tour after founder reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis

Country band Alabama will mark their 50th year together with a new tour in 2019, more than a year after founding member Jeff Cook announced that he has Parkinson's disease.

The Grammy-winning trio of Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Cook formed in 1969 in Fort Payne, Alabama, and went on to dominate the sound of country music in the 1980s, scoring dozens of No. 1 hits, including classics like "Mountain Music" and "Dixieland Delight."

Guitarist and fiddle player Cook announced in 2017 that he had been diagnosed with the chronic neurological disorder years ago and he would limit his touring with the band. Cook will perform on their new tour, which begins Jan. 10 in Detroit, as much as he's physically able.

Fire marshal claims FDNY rigged probe into deadly blaze to protect Edward Norton: report

The fire marshal who led the investigation into a Harlem building blaze that took the life of a firefighter claims the probe was rigged to protect the production company of actor Edward Norton, who was filming in the building.

Fire Marshal Scott Specht, who was lead investigator in the March 22 fire, filed a notice of claim Dec. 13 against the city, Chief Fire Marshal Thomas Kane, his deputy, John David “JD” Lynn, and Assistant Fire Commissioner Carlos Velez.

It alleges Specht was pulled from the probe and harassed by his bosses for reporting the alleged cover-up to the Department of Investigation.


“My client wants one thing and one thing only — a full and fair investigation into the death of Firefighter Michael Davidson,” Specht’s lawyer, Peter Gleason, told The Post on Monday.

The lawyer said he believes the investigation should be handed off to the feds.

The blaze that killed the 37-year-old father of four broke out at 773 St. Nicholas Ave., where Norton was shooting “Motherless Brooklyn,” starring Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe and Alec Baldwin.

Edward Norton (Getty)

Gleason on Monday wrote a letter to President Trump asking the Department of Justice to investigate the blaze because “it appears the City of New York is attempting to conceal any culpability on the part of the movie production company.”

The FDNY in May said the deadly fire was caused by a boiler that triggered flammable materials.

Specht refused to sign off on that ruling, and his claim says “there is no doubt in” his “professional opinion [that the] movie production company was the precipitating cause of the conflagration that caused the death of Firefighter Davidson.”


The FDNY disputed Specht’s claim, saying in a statement that “a team of nine veteran fire marshals with decades of experience determined unanimously that heat from the boiler ventilation flue pipe ignited nearby combustible materials and caused the fire that took the life of Firefighter Davidson. Any additional investigations will come to the same conclusion.”

Messages left with the Law Department and a lawyer for Norton were not immediately returned.