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Cory Booker Kicks Off Same-Sex Marriages In New Jersey

  • Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker married seven same-sex couples minutes after midnight this morning. New Jersey has officially begun recognizing gay marriage, making it the 14th state in the nation to do so. Mazel tov to all the happy couples who can finally tie the knot! [Guardian UK]
  • Tyra Banks is open to adopting a child and says she’s dating someone who is “not famous.” [ONTD]
  • Cee Lo has been cleared of charges that he sexually assaulted a woman after slipping Ecstacy in her drink. However, he will be charged with the felony of possession of Ecstacy. [TMZ]
  • Ashley Judd and her estranged husband, race car driver Dario Franchitti, are giving their marriage another go after a separation. [Fox News]
  • “Bridesmaids” star Chris O’Dowd is in talks to join James Franco in a Broadway revival of the John Steinback novel Of Mice and Men. [Playbill]
  • Danielle Fishel from “Boy Meets World” married her boyfriend, Tim Belusko, this weekend; her former co-star Rider Strong married his longtime girlfriend this weekend, too. Congrats! [People] Keep reading »

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Sentenced To 28 Years In Prison

Today, a Detroit judge sentenced the city’s former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to 28 years in prison for corruption, including racketeering conspiracy, fraud, extortion and tax crimes.

According to reports, Kilpatrick, who served as the Motor City’s mayor from 2002 to 2008, “fattened his bank account by tens of thousands of dollars, traveled the country in private planes and even strong-armed his campaign fundraiser for stacks of cash.” Sources say Kilpatrick raked the now-bankrupt city of nearly $5 million. Read more at Hello Beautiful…

Sexist French Politician Fined For Making Chicken Noises While His Female Colleague Was Speaking

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What a load of chickenshit. Conservative French politician Philippe Le Ray has been fined $1,700 for making chicken noises at a female colleague while she spoke before the National Assembly on Tuesday. Oh, yes, he did this in front of everyone. Green Party MP Veronique Massonneau, an ecologist deputy, was speaking before the government about pension reform when Le Ray began loudly clucking. (In France, the word for “chicken” is used as a slur against women.)  Massonneau stopped speaking and addressed him: “That’s enough! I’m not a chicken.” The leader of the National Assembly then temporarily suspended the parliamentary session and publicly chastised Le Ray when they returned. I guess it’s sort of a relief that politicians are juvenile sexist douchebags the world over? [Guardian UK, Belfast Telegraph UK] [Image of a chicken via Shutterstock]

8 Other Things We’d Like Wendy Davis To Be In Charge Of (In Addition To Texas)

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Wooohoooo! Texas state senator/filibustering superstar/feminist icon Wendy Davis officially announced that she is running for governor of the Lone Star State yesterday. We’re so thrilled for Texas to potentially have a leader as awesome as Wendy, but to be honest, we’re also a little jealous. We want Wendy Davis to be in charge of our states too! Not to mention a few other things, such as… Keep reading »

NJ Court Says State Must Recognize Gay Marriage

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  • A New Jersey judge has ruled that the state must recognize gay marriages now that the federal government does, so that NJ citizens can receive their federal benefits. Presently, LGBT folks in NJ can only have civil unions.  [WNYC, New York Times]
  • The Center for Reproductive Rights, the ACLU, and other organizations filed a federal lawsuit to block portions of the severely restrictive anti-abortion law in Texas from going into effect in late October. [RH Reality Check]
  • California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that guarantees overtime pay for domestic workers like some nannies and home health aides, a largely female workforce. [Sacramento Bee]
  • Why the real mommy wars are against mothers who don’t have choices. [Salon] Keep reading »

Report: Texas State Senator Wendy Davis Will Run For Governor

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Bills Clinton And Gates, Hangin’ Out, Takin’ Selfies

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Man, do I love a good Bill. Murray, Cosby, Clinton, Nye, Gates… I’ll take ‘em all. Bills are just the best! Here are two of them (Clinton and Gates, to be specific) captured in the form of a genuine @billclinton selfie. This looks just like a selfie my dad would take. Read: very blurry. Dads! They have a real hard time with phone cameras. Right, Chelsea? [Twitter]

This Dog Bears An Uncanny Resemblance To Vladimir Putin

This dog looks just like Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin is sort of like the small-boned Chuck Norris of world leaders — think an unassuming Renaissance man who will straight-up end you. (If you aren’t well-versed in the art of Putin, might I point you in the direction of his 8 most ridiculous publicity stunts?) The man has his own personal bear, for Christ’s sake, but he also knows how to have a good time. Putin is a born entertainer. You know what they say about us Russians and our sense of humor! (Nothing. Literally nothing.) Now, the Russian President can add one more aside to his name: a canine doppelgänger. This Staffordshire terrier-German shepherd mix made the news for his resemblance to the politician, and we have to admit the similarity in that close-set stare is almost uncanny. Fortunately, we don’t think Putin will have a problem with knowing he has a doggy double running around. We already know how much he loves pups. [Metro.co.uk]

Obama To Name Janet Yellen As Chairman Of The Federal Reserve: Sources

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  • Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Janet Yellen will almost certainly be nominated by President Obama to lead the Fed, according to sources of the Washington Post. [Washington Post]
  • Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has thumbed her nose at the Pentagon’s instructions and has blocked military benefits for same-sex couples from being processed in the state. [Politico]
  • Check out this piece on abusers, guns and the women they kill from our former Hitched columnist Andrea Grimes. [RH Reality Check]
  • Meet FORCE: Upsetting Rape, the feminist pranksters who punked everyone yesterday with their fake Playboy site, which had the “magazine” telling readers that consent is the key to good sex. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

President Johansson? Don’t Rule It Out!

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“Do I imagine myself having a full-on political career? That seems like a stretch. But who knows? I don’t limit the possibilities. If I have more time, I may be able to lend a bigger voice to politics. I never close the door on those kinds of things.”

– Harper’s Bazaar cover girl Scarlett Johansson opens up about the possibility of a political career in the magazine’s October issue. “I come from a politically active family,” she added. “To be an active member of the community, to be a responsible citizen and to engage politically have always been part of my awareness and part of my life.” Johansson campaigned vocally for Barack Obama last year and is reportedly in the running to play his one-time opponent, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a big-screen biopic. Would you vote for her? [Daily Mail]

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