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Did The “47%” Video Cost Mitt Romney The Election?

Leaked video of a May Mitt Romney fundraiser—in which the candidate calls half the country self-proclaimed ‘victims’—has the pundits swarming, with some saying it just might cost him the election. Here’s what they’re saying:

The video “has killed Mitt Romney’s campaign for president,” writes Josh Barro at Bloomberg.”Romney already has trouble relating to the public and convincing people he cares about them. Now, he’s been caught on video saying that nearly half the country consists of hopeless losers.” Read more …

“The Master” Is A Masterpiece

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Paul Thomas Anderson's Scientology Movie?

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film stars a stunning Philip Seymour Hoffman as a 1950s cult leader who offers followers therapy to cure their demons; the film focuses on his intense relationship with a shellshocked disciple, played by an equally impressive Joaquin Phoenix. Critics are raving. Read more…

William, Kate Sue Over Topless Pics

Prince Harry has some company, because now his sister-in-law Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is embroiled in her own nude photo scandal, the BBC reports. French magazine Closer published blurry topless pictures of Kate, apparently taken with a long lens while she and Prince William were on a private holiday at a French chateau owned by the queen’s nephew. The royal couple filed a lawsuit today, TMZ reports, but no further details are available yet. Read more…

Monica Lewinsky Is Writing A Book

Should Bill Clinton be worried? Monica Lewinsky has been shopping a new book, sources tell the New York Post, and it’s so hush-hush that she’s making publishers sign a non-disclosure agreement before she’ll meet with them. “I’m sure every major publisher was interested in hearing what she had to say,” one insider says. Read More

Prince William: I Want 2 Kids With Kate Middleton

Stop the presses, because Prince William has actually discussed the babies he will one day have with wife Kate. Specifically, he would like two of them, Wills said today while the couple was touring Singapore as part of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. “Someone asked him how many children he would like to have, and he said he was thinking about having two,” a student tells the AP. William has never before specifically numbered his future children, although an heir and a spare isn’t unheard of in royal circles. Read more…

13-Year-Old Girl Drives 700 Miles To Meet Online Beau

A missing 13-year-old girl has been found safe, though 700 miles away from home. It turns out the Texas teen had gotten into an argument with her parents about a boy she met online via Xbox and decided to run away. She snuck out her bedroom window, swiped her brother’s car, and set out for Kentucky to meet up with her 12-year-old beau, reports the Houston Chronicle. Read more…

Secret Kim Kardashian References In Kanye Songs For Years

We all know Kanye West declared his love for Kim Kardashian—and dissed Kris Humphries—in his recent song “Theraflu,” but it turns out the rapper has actually been sending Kim secret messages via song for years. Like, since 2009, sources “extremely close” to Kanye tell TMZ. One example, from that year’s “Knock You Down,” which came out while Kim was dating football star Reggie Bush:

“You was always the cheerleader of my dreams / To seem to only date the head of football teams / And I was the class clown that always kept you laughing / We were never meant to be, baby we just happened.” Read more…

World’s Richest Woman’s New Idea: Pay People $2 A Day

Gina Rinehart, that charming Australian billionaire who last week advised the world’s “jealous” poor to stop whining and drinking so much, is back with more priceless advice. The world’s richest woman, who amassed her family fortune via iron-ore mining, thinks Australia’s struggling mining industry should look to Africa for inspiration. There, miners “are willing to work for less than $2 per day.” Read more …

Dems Want Betty White To Counter Clint Eastwood

Democratic activists are trying to draft a convention speaker even older than surprise Republican speaker Clint Eastwood. A social media campaign has been launched to bring Betty White, the last surviving Golden Girl, to the Democratic National Convention this week, reports ABC. White, who endorsed Obama in May, turned 90 this year, and the president recorded a birthday message asking to see her long-form birth certificate. Read more…

Paul Ryan’s RNC Speech Flunks Fact Check

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Paul Ryan’s speech last night may have been rousing, but accurate it was not. Ryan is being lambasted today for what Sally Kohn of Fox News calls “an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech.” Here’s what the critics are saying:

  • Ryan said Obama broke a promise by not saving a GM plant in Janesville, Wis. But PolitiFact could find no evidence that Obama explicitly made such a promise and, more importantly, the plant closed before Obama was even sworn in.
  • Ryan chastised Obama for creating a bipartisan debt commission and doing nothing with its findings. But as Talking Points Memo points out, Ryan was on that commission—and voted against it, as did the panel’s other Republicans. Read more…

 

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