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Kate Hudson Doesn't Like 'Nepo Baby' Label

Actor, herself the daughter of actors, says nepotism is more common outside Hollywood

(Newser) - The phrase "nepo baby" entered the lexicon in a big way in 2022, the lingo short for "nepotism baby" and the phrase referring to children of famous people who've become famous themselves. New York magazine brought all this into a focus with a year-end "Year of...

Iowa's Offense Stinks Because of Nepotism
Iowa's Offense Stinks
Because of Nepotism

Iowa's Offense Stinks Because of Nepotism

Slate's Kirshner says Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has turned 'public resource into a job program' for son

(Newser) - The Iowa Hawkeye offense is terrible this season. That’s not a matter of opinion but simple statistics: out of 131 teams in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Division, Iowa ranks 130th in yards per play and 127th in scoring. According to Slate’s Alex Kirshner, the problem is nepotism....

NYC's New Mayor Makes Controversial Hirings

Eric Adams appoints brother to plum NYPD position, Phil Banks III as deputy mayor for public safety

(Newser) - New York City's new mayor, Eric Adams, is getting right to work—and right to raising eyebrows, specifically with two new appointments. Getting the most buzz on Friday was the reveal by the New York Post that Adams has appointed his younger brother, Bernard Adams, to be a deputy...

Rudy Giuliani's Son Has Also Scored Himself a 'Cushy' Gig

Andrew Giuliani is making $95K as a sports liaison

(Newser) - Looks like Hunter Biden isn't the only one whose high-flying dad might have helped him score a cushy job. Rudy Giuliani's offspring, Andrew Giuliani, is making almost six figures as a sports liaison for the White House, CNBC reports. That means the 31-year-old is paid $95,000 to...

Kushner in White House Doesn't Violate Anti-Nepotism Laws

The Department of Justice published a ruling Saturday

(Newser) - President Trump didn't violate federal anti-nepotism laws by making son-in-law Jared Kushner a senior White House adviser, the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel ruled in a 14-page memo published Saturday. CBS News reports the 1967 anti-nepotism laws forbid presidents from putting family members—including sons-in-law—into...

Trump Son-in-Law Might Test Nepotism Law

Trump wants him in the White House, sources say

(Newser) - A federal nepotism law is about to be tested, stretched, and possibly broken by Donald Trump's son-in-law, insiders say. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that Trump and members of his inner circle are urging Jared Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, to join the administration as a...

20 Celeb Kids Who Are Also in the Biz

Nepotism, apparently, reigns in Hollywood

(Newser) - Disgusted that so very many of Angelina Jolie's kids managed to snag roles in her upcoming film, Maleficent? Well, get ready for more nepotism, because the Huffington Post lists 17 more celebrity children who are getting into showbiz themselves:
  • Maude and Iris Apatow, daughters of Judd Apatow and Leslie

2 More Jolie-Pitt Kids Join Mom in Movie

Pax and Zahara will appear in 'Maleficent'

(Newser) - And the nepotism on the set of Disney's Maleficent continues: Two more of Brangelina's brood have been cast in the film starring their mother. Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 4, had already been cast as the younger version of Elle Fanning's Princess Aurora, and now a source tells Us her...

Watchdog Slams Justice Dept. 'Nepotism'

Single division cited 3 times in 8 years: inspector general

(Newser) - Workers at a division of the Justice department have been hiring based on nepotism, the department's inspector general says. In a new report, eight employees—career workers, not political appointees—are cited for seeking jobs for their kids and other relatives, according to NPR . The Justice Management Division, the...

Clinton's NBC Gig Proves News Biz Is a Joke

It's become an aristocracy, or entertainment, depending who you read

(Newser) - Chelsea Clinton’s hiring at NBC prompted an inspired rant from Glenn Greenwald on Salon . Pointing out the fact that NBC has also hired Jenna Bush, Meghan McCain, and Luke Russert, Greenwald writes, “I really don’t understand what those angry, lazy losers in the Occupy movement are so...

Walker Demotes Donor's Kid— to Puny $65K Job

After uproar, governor bumps Brian Deschane back to old gig

(Newser) - Well that was fast. Scott Walker did an about-face yesterday and demoted the son of a major campaign donor from his $81,500-per-year Commerce Department gig—to his former $64,728 job. Brian Deschane will return to his previous post as a bureau director at the Department of Regulation and...

'Prince Jean' Sarkozy Drops Bid for Post

Nearly-law-grad vows to continue in politics, denies nepotism

(Newser) - Nicholas Sarkozy's son Jean has dropped his bid to run France's most important business district. The 23-year-old law student, whose move to take over the $150,000 Paris job sparked accusations of nepotism and street protests, announced he didn't want a "tainted" victory. Sarkozy said his "passion for...

Post for Sarko Son Sparks Howls of Protest

Law student tapped to run huge, lucrative business district

(Newser) - It's not every day that a 23-year-old law student is tapped to manage the largest office park in Europe, but when you are Jean Sarkozy, anything's possible. The son of the French president, who already has a local government post, has the ruling party's official backing to run La Dé...

Dynasty Politics Turning Senate Into House of Lords

The Senate is America's House of Lords Dynasties continue to dominate supposedly democratic politics, especially the Senate

(Newser) - The winning presidential ticket this year was the first since 1976 without a son or grandson of a senator on it. But don’t let that fool you: Royalism is on the rise in American politics, writes Charles Mahtesian for Politico. In the Senate, there are two new Udalls, a...

New Russian Prez Digs Hard Rock, Putin

In Medvedev, quirky résumé masks loyal junior partner

(Newser) - Trivia on Russian president-elect Dmitry Medvedev—that he is a swimmer, a yoga lover, and Deep Purple buff—merely masks a man wholly devoted to Vladimir Putin, New Yorker editor David Remnick writes. "Trivia domesticated even the worst Soviet-era résumés," he reminds us: Catherine the Great...

Press Resurrects Calculating Hillary of Yore

As media try to slow race, adoring coverage dissipates, Politico says

(Newser) - The media is committing an abrupt about-face in Hillary coverage—from supportive to critical—and Politico agrees with a Clinton aide that “the press is invested in making this a race.” Between articles talking up “nepotism,” “weasel words,” and even “the Cackle,”...

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