I don’t know about you, but I might have felt a teeny tiny bit more sympathetic towards the Palins if I knew that, while Sarah Palin was running for vice president in 2008, her email account was hacked and her daughter’s telephone number was posted online. Which resulted in Bristol receiving tons of phone calls and text messages, some of which were really vulgar and creepy. She remembers one in particular from a group of boys who said they were outside her house and wanted to come in. Keep reading »
Hey, Newsweek subscribers, brace yourselves for a really annoying article in the upcoming April 26th issue: We young folks are “lukewarm” on reproductive rights and “don’t think abortion rights need defending.” Keep reading »
I’m not going to lie, this story makes my eyes tear up. In 2007, Lisa Pond, of Florida, collapsed from a brain aneurysm and a few hours later at the hospital, she died alone, without her kids or the person she’d spent the last 18 years of her life with. Lisa Pond died this way because she was a lesbian.
Yesterday, President Obama called Pond’s former partner, Janice Langbehn, to inform her that he mandated all hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding — which are most in the country — must extend visitation rights to same-sex couples. This mandate, which should go into effect in a few months, will allow a gay or lesbian partner to not only make medical decisions for their ill or injured loved one, but also to be there during the last moments of their life. In the past, LGBT partners who are not legally married have been refused by hospitals’ “relatives-only” policies. Keep reading »
It seems like only last week (it was) that adult film star Stormy Daniels was declaring her intention to run for a seat in the Louisiana state senate. This week, she broke the hearts of Politico writers looking for an excuse to write about porn and politically astute porn fans across the nation when she announced that she would not attempt to become the next senator of Louisiana. But why not? She lacks the funds to run, she says: “I am not running for the US Senate for the same reason that so many dedicated patriots do not run — I can’t afford it.” Daniels did offer a message of hope: “We will keep fighting so that one day the voices of the dishwashers, cashiers, bus drivers and porn stars will be heard just as loudly as those of the lawyer, the banker and the insurance company executive.” Amen. [Politico] Keep reading »
“You hear that my lefty friends, you see that? Conservative women: they’re smarter than you and they’re hotter than you.”
— The emcee at an event in Boston attended by former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin yesterday. Because which political party has “hotter” women is really what’s important. [ABC News] Keep reading »
Yesterday, Michelle Obama made an appearance on “The Situation Room” to talk about kids and technology. “In my household, we try to establish a set of guidelines and rules that make sense—no computers, phones, television during the week,” she said of Sasha, 8, and Malia, 11. And if that weren’t bummer enough, when the girls do get to watch TV on weekends, they have only three options—Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, or football with dad. “With their TV intake limited … we found over the break that they are both very good Taboo players,” Michelle told People earlier this year. Add this to the fact that the girls have a rigid set of chores and that they eat all organic food, and it has me wondering—are the Obamas too strict? [CNN, Softpedia, Telegraph UK] Keep reading »
Ding dong, Justice John Paul Stevens is retiring! Surely you remember when President Obama nominated Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court last summer? Well, gird your loins, kiddies, because it’s time to do it all again.
White House gossips say Obama is considering about 10 possible replacements for Stevens and U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan is thought to be on the short list. (Hillary Clinton‘s name is also being mumbled, but somehow I don’t see girlfriend ditching her Secretary of State post.) Let’s get acquainted with Elena Kagan, shall we? Keep reading »
Last year, Kal Penn decided that he was done with acting. After campaigning for Barack Obama, he accepted a post in the White House as the president’s associate director of public engagement. His character on “House” was consequently killed off, and he was free to go to Washington and work under his real name, Kalpen Modi. But apparently, he just couldn’t stay away from the screen. His reps have announced that he is going back to acting. The first order of business on his docket—he’ll be joining John Cho in another installment of “Harold and Kumar,” this time Christmas-themed. The flick begins filming in June, and may or may not be in 3-D. So what happened exactly, Kal? Did politics just wear you down? Did you get sick of being a suit? Were you pissed off about the passage of the health care bill? Or maybe you just needed a burger? [E! Online] Keep reading »
There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition between partners, but this is just too much. Democrat Linda Fischer is running for reelection in the Missouri House of Representatives and her challenger is her husband, John Fischer. They are the only two running so it’s guaranteed that they’ll go head-to-head but, wait, it gets better … Keep reading »
So, after weeks of talking to networks, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” has a new home on the Discovery Channel. Sarah will host the show that “will center on interesting characters, traditions and attractions in the 49th state.” But you know what’s way more interesting than the show itself? How much she’s reportedly making to do it. Reportedly, she is pocketing $1 million per episode. [People]
When she resigned out of nowhere as the governor of Alaska, many of us were shaking our heads wondering why the heck she would do that. But after the past year, Sarah has racked up serious dough by cashing in on the intrigue surrounding her and her family. And let’s just say it’s a lot more than the $125K a year she would have been making as governor. After the jump, we tally up what could be in Sarah’s bank account. Keep reading »