Week In Review
Obama Wins Health Care Mandate, Spice Girls Back on Stage
Biography.com's "Week in Review" highlights interesting people who've made the news this past week—thanks to their endeavors, big ideas, triumphs, importance in history, or magnanimous gaffes. While there were many people to choose from this week, here are our top picks that made us either raise an eyebrow, roll our eyes, shed a tear, or just gave us a good chuckle.
Healthy Rules to Abide By? U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Obama's Health Care Mandate
A victory dance was in the works for President Obama on Thursday when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld his health care mandate, which requires individuals to buy health insurance or be financially penalized if they don't.
Although the court ruled it was theoretically unconstitutional to force people to buy insurance under the Constitution's commerce clause, it does allow Congress the power to tax those who don't participate in the system. The ruling was a 5-4 decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the left-leaning court.
The Republicans vow to make motions to repeal the law, but if all goes smoothly in President Obama's favor, his signature piece of legislation will go into effect in 2014.
A nice breakdown of how this affects you, is on WebMD.
Watch President Obama's response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision:
Moral Highground: Jimmy Carter Criticizes the Obama Administration on Human Rights Issues
Before the monumental health care decision was made, news came out that President Jimmy Carter was up in arms over what he asserts as the current administration's violation of human rights, specifically through drone strikes.
“Instead of making the world safer, America’s violation of international human rights abets our enemies and alienates our friends,” Carter wrote in a NY Times op-ed.
Of the 264 drone strikes in Pakistan that have been enforced since January 2009, there have been 1,488 casualties—with 1,343 of those presumed as militants.
Carter also condemned President Obama's decision to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open, the use of wiretapping, and recent legislation that allows the president to detain terrorists indefinitely.
As much as the 87-year-old politician is unhappy with Obama's policies, perhaps a slow clap is in order to the latter's health care victory, considering Carter pushed for a national health plan of his own in 1976.
Source: ABC News
Slim Fast: Paula Deen Loses 30 LBs So Far, Ya'll
Southern chef Paula Deen is looking much more svelte these days now that her Type 2 diabetes is keeping her in check.
The 65-year-old Food Network star recently came under fire when she announced her diagnosis—which she had kept secret for three years—along with her plans to endorse a diabetes drug. Since going public with her disease six months ago, Deen has changed her lifestyle and eating habits, going from a size 18 to a size 10. (You can hear the sugarcoated version of her journey in the current issue of People, in which she graces the cover.)
"I was surprised by the depth of hate," she told the mag, in reference to the backlash. "This is not something I chose. I had been given lemons and I had to try to make lemonade — without sugar!"
These days, aside from her daily injections of insulin, Deen says she walks 30 minutes a day (albeit reluctantly), doubles up on veggies, and keeps carbs to a minimum. But, she admits, she allows herself to indulge once a week. (We wonder what that freebie food day looks like, considering this is a woman who taught us how to fry snickers and cook a bacon-egg burger on two doughnuts.)
As for the smoking? Deen's working on it. Hmm...smells like a nicotine patch endorsement could be in the works, ya'll.
Watch a clip of her fried-egg-bacon-burger-with-donuts moment:
'Friendship Never Ends': Spice Girls Bound for Broadway
Spice Girls: Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, and Victoria Beckham
Scary, Sporty, Ginger, Baby, and Posh Spice are far from Wannabes now. The Spice Girls reunited in London this week to announce their Viva Forever! Broadway show, which will run there by the end of the year, reports the NY Times.
The Jennifer Saunders-penned musical will explore the dark side of fame interlaced with the group's Britpop hits. No word on whether cast members will be forced to dye their hair in neon colors or wear gaudy 90s garb. One can only hope.
In Memoriam: Don Grady of My Three Sons Dies at 68
While the country mourned the death of writer Nora Ephron, who died of leukemia on Tuesday, another notable star quietly passed this week.
Don Grady, former Mousketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club and 1960s heartthrob of the family sitcom My Three Sons, died on Wednesday after a bout with cancer, reports the L.A. Times. He was 68.
Besides being famous for playing the eldest son, Robbie, on My Three Sons, Grady was an accomplished songwriter and composer. He created the theme song for The Phil Donahue Show and also contributed his compositions to the The Kid-A-Littles TV series and the film Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985). He also co-wrote "Keep the Dream Alive" for the Jazz to End Hunger project.
It's Going Swimmingly: Michael Phelps & Ryan Lochte 1-1
On Tuesday Lochte beat Phelps in the 400 individual medley final by less than a second, but the 14-Olympic Gold Medalist countered that when he beat Lochte Wednesday night in the 200 freestyle final by five hundredths of a second.
"When we're next to each other we kind of play cat-and-mouse," Phelps tells SI. "We don't just sort of jump out after it like we have in the past. We see what each other does and play it out by feel the first couple laps. When it comes down to it, we put every ounce of energy into the last fifty."
Come Olympics time, you better believe all eyes will be on
their abs this cat and mouse.
Lawyer, U.S. President, U.S. Representative / 1961 -
Barack Obama is the 44th and current president of the United States, and the first African American to serve as U.S. president. First elected to the presidency in 2008, he won a second term in 2012.
Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer, Model, Singer / 1974 -
Victoria Beckham is a fashion designer and singer chiefly known for her work with the Spice Girls and for being the wife of soccer star David Beckham.