I’ve already heard her name about 16 times today. So who is Elena Kagan, Obama’s nomination for the 112th justice of the Supreme Court, and what is she all about? After the jump, 10 facts you should know about the next woman who may sit on our highest bench. Keep reading »
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Some day this lil’ cutie would grow up to be President! But it’s obvious his mom loved him even before he was the most powerful man in the country. Happy Mother’s Day, everyone! Keep reading »
At Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Dinner, we were super surprised at some of the famous faces who turned up in the audience. So what did they have to say about the evening? After the jump, let’s play a little guessing game. Match the star above to their quote below. I’ll post the answers in the comments section in an hour. First person to get them all right gets … a high five? Keep reading »
Sure, he might not have topped last year’s pirate gag, but Barack Obama was pretty darn funny at this weekend’s White House Correspondents Dinner, busting out some real zingers for the White House press corps and other Washington heavyweights like, uh, Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian, and Justin Bieber. “I’m glad only person whose ratings fell more than mine last night is here. Good to see you, Jay,” he quipped. “I’m glad I’m speaking first because we’ve all seen what happens to someone who takes the time slot after Leno’s.” He also got in some good knocks on others. After pointing to the Jonas Brothers in the crowd, he said, “Speaking of tween heartthrobs, Scott Brown is here. You should be aware that Scott is not the only one with a salacious photo spread going around. Recently, David Axelrod was offered a centerfold. I didn’t know Krispy Kreme had a catalogue.” Ha! Does Conan need an opening act? [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
A lesbian teacher at a Catholic high school in Vancouver was told not to come to work because the school claims parents were concerned about her influence on students, a gay rights group in Canada has alleged. Lisa Reimer, a music teacher, told Little Flower Academy she was gay in December 2009 when she asked for parental leave because her partner was pregnant. Somehow, parents of students at the school were then told that Reimer is a lesbian; soon after, the school asked Reimer to fulfill the rest of her year-long contract from home and have no contact with students.
The Italian Ministry of Health has announced that three separate investigations have been launched after a claim that this weekend, a premature baby survived an abortion at 22 weeks (or about five months). Allegedly, Rev. Antonio Martello, a hospital chaplain at Rossano Calabro Hospital in Calabria, was praying in front of the infant’s body 20 hours after the abortion and witnessed it breathing. Martello then said he alerted doctors, who took the baby to a neonatal unit at a different hospital where it allegedly died on Monday. Now legal authorities are investigating the alleged botched abortion as possible manslaughter.
Hmph. I call bulls**t. Keep reading »
World, prepare for the next beauty queen-turned-politician. Maryline Blackburn defeated Sarah Palin in the Miss Alaska Pageant in 1984, showing off her vocal cords in the talent competition and becoming the first African-American woman to win, err, enter the pageant. (Sarah’s flute-playing earned her Miss Congeniality.) Since then, Maryline moved to Atlanta, became a singer, and was nominated for two Grammys. The 2008 election changed her, though. While she was excited to see her old pageant rival on the ticket (“When I first saw her I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, she’s absolutely beautiful.’ She has that determined look and she’s not going to give up.”), Maryline is a Democrat. “It’s all about Obama, Obama,” she said at the time. She even performed at the inaugural balls thrown by Ludacris and Dionne Warwick.
Now, Maryline has decided to run for office herself. Keep reading »
The Goldman Sachs bosses are in hot water. The Subcommittee on Investigations made sure they were thorough with a nearly 11-hour questioning of them this week, asking whether their firm “made significant bets against the mortgage industry while selling their clients toxic assets.” Basically, while the economy went down the crapper, these guys were raking in dough. While I would love to shun the lot of them, because I am a respectable journalist, it is my job to decide which Goldman Sachs bosses should be shunned, shagged, or married. [Huffington Post, Daily Mail]
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Former First Lady Laura Bush is not known for saying anything too controversial or even interesting. But holy moly, does her forthcoming memoir, Spoken From The Heart, sound like a juicy read! According to The New York Times, Laura Bush will finally open up about the incident when she killed a high school friend in a car crash at age 17 and even defend President Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina. But the most interesting part of Laura Bush’s memoir, which is to be released in May, is when she alleges that she, President George W. Bush, and several members of their staff were poisoned on a trip to Germany for a G8 Summit. Yes, poisoned. That’s some really cloak-and-dagger stuff right there. Keep reading »