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October 9th, 2013
08:56 PM ET

"Royals" racist or just a hit song?

Is "Royals" racism or just a number one hit song?

The debut single "Royals" is the top song on Billboards Hot 100 chart, #1 on Spotify, and the most shared song in the U.S. this year.

Is Lorde's 'Royals,' the top song on the Billboard Hot 100, racist?

But the New Zealand artist Ella Yelich-O'Connor, also known as "Lorde" is under fire after a prominent feminist blogger criticized the 16-year-old for singing racist lyrics.

Take a listen:

In a post on the prominent feminist blog feministing.com, writer Veronica Bayetti Flores took issue with the song's lyrics, in which Yelich-O'Connor sings that "every song" is about gold teeth and Maybach luxury cars - both fixtures of hip-hop music videos - before concluding "we don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our dreams."

"While I love a good critique of wealth accumulation and inequity, this song is not one; in fact, it is deeply racist," wrote Bayetti Flores. "Because we all know who she's thinking when we're talking gold teeth, Cristal (champagne) and Maybachs. So why s*** on black folks? Why s*** on rappers?"

Outfront: AJ Hammer, host of HLN's "Showbiz Tonight."

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Filed under: Entertainment • International • News
October 9th, 2013
08:49 PM ET

Bill Gross: We haven't changed how we invest because of debt ceiling deadline

Bill Gross is one of the few people in the world who will actually determine what happens when and if the debt ceiling is breached.

The Treasury watches what he does.

He's not a politician.

But he does control a lot of your money - your pension, your 401k.

Nearly $2 trillion worth.

Outfront: Bill Gross, Founder and co-CIO of PIMCO, the world's largest bond fund.


Filed under: Debt Ceiling • News
October 9th, 2013
08:35 PM ET

Democratic lawmaker: Obama open to 6 week debt deal

A Democratic lawmaker who left a private meeting at the White House tells CNN that the president signaled more "give" on the idea of a temporary 6 week deal to lift the debt ceiling than he has in the past.

CNN's Dana Bash has the story.


Filed under: Government Shutdown • News • Politics
October 9th, 2013
08:18 PM ET

NYPD detective charged in motorcycle assault

A second officer is now being investigated for his alleged role in that violent confrontation between a group of bikers and an SUV. He was off-duty and riding with that group of motorcyclists.

Off-duty NYPD officer allegedly seen breaking SUV window arrested

This comes a day after an undercover NYPD detective was arrested for his role in the fight. He appeared in court for the first time today, where he was formally charged.

Susan Candiotti is OutFront.


Filed under: Biker vs. SUV • Crime • Justice • News
NEW WORD ORDER: Is John Boehner a SPINO?
October 9th, 2013
03:46 PM ET

NEW WORD ORDER: Is John Boehner a SPINO?

Language is power and when someone invents or uses a new word gaining power, we recognize it.

In today’s column about the shutdown showdown, The New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman wrote this:

“Cruz and his Tea Party allies would be calling the shots, and Boehner would become that very rare bird — a SPINO (a Speaker in Name Only).”

The term has been used a few times before and it will be interesting to see if it catches on because another short-hand for the phrase has been tried.

Previously columnists and broadcasters have tried to introduce SINO (with no p) as an acronym to describe John Boehner and a handful of ineffective state speakers, however, it has never become part of the popular lexicon the way that, say, RINO has.

RINO (Republican In Name Only) has, in the past couple decades, become increasingly prevalent in Washington, leveled against a number of people, including Mitch McConnell, John McCain and, yes, even John Boehner.

The U.S. government has hundreds of acronyms they like to use, some popular (POTUS, SCOTUS) and some less-known ones (CODELS, GOCO).

What’s your favorite government acronym?  Can you think of a new shorthand or phrase that perfectly defines our times? Is John Boehner a SPINO?

Who do you consider a RINO, a DINO or a WINO?  Let us know in the comment space below.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • New Word Order • News • Politics
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