Unsubstantiated rumors and vicious gossip isn’t just for Hollywood—our nation’s capitol loves spreadin’ rumors, too. The latest buzz out of D.C. is that President Obama will drop his vice president, Joe Biden, from his 2012 re-election ticket and run with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as his VP instead. The logic supposedly is that the president would make this switcheroo so Clinton could run for president in 2016, as Biden might be “too old” by then. [U.S. News & World Reports] Keep reading »
‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and Barack and Michelle Obama threw a big one last night—their first state dinner, honoring the prime minister of India. Held on the White House lawn, the Obamas invited politicos like Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Mike Bloomberg and assorted famous folks like Steven Spielberg, Katie Couric, and Gayle King—oddly, Oprah wasn’t on the guest list. Since the theme of the night was India, a vegetarian meal was served and Michelle wore a dress by an Indian designer. Other highlights of the night: a wardrobe malfunction when Senator Bob Casey lost his cummerbund, and a performance by Jennifer Hudson. I’m sure our invite just got lost in the mail? [CNN, NY Post] Keep reading »
Watch out Tom Cruise. The Australian government might try to declassify Scientology as a religion and reclassify it as a criminal organization. In a speech he gave to the Aussie Senate on Tuesday night, Senator Nick Xenophon claimed that the church was guilty of torture, forced imprisonment, and coerced abortion, embezzlement and blackmail. He unearthed letters from an ex-Scientologist, which detailed abuse and violence that happened within the religion, and said that horrors such as forced confinement, torture and abortion, were ordered. Keep reading »
As the Senate attempts to suck the fat out of the 2,000-plus-page health care reform bill, there is one provision that donkeys are fighting to keep intact. Democrats have proposed a way to nip and tuck a few Benjamins to help pay for the health care reform plan. I’ll give you a hint—it doesn’t have to do with abortions, mammograms, or pap smears—or any procedures women actually need. They plan to raise $5 billion over the next 10 years by taxing 5 percent on all cosmetic surgery procedures. Want a tummy tuck, silicon bubbies, or some warm botulism injected into your face? Under this provision, you’ll have to pay a tax. Reconstructive surgeries due to cancer or injury would not be subject to the tax. Naturally the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is against this “Botax.” So what do you think? Is the “Botax” a good idea? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
So we all know that gay marriage was banned in Texas in 2005, but did you know that some unfortunate wording in the amendment might have accidentally banned all marriages? Democrat and attorney general candidate Barbara Ann Radnofsky is making a ruckus about the colossal mistake she believes lawmakers made in drafting the amendment. The first part is pretty clear stating: “Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.” But the phrase in question in Subsection B of the legislation states:
“This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.”
Uh-oh. Does that mean all marriages in the state of Texas are not legit? Now that would be interesting—bye, bye George W and Laura. Critics accuse Radnofsky of trying to stir up controversy about the banning of gay marriage. As if that’s a bad thing? They stand by the amendment and think the linguistic loophole is not likely to hold up in the event of any forthcoming lawsuits. But still … what would happen if all straight marriages in the Lone Star state were unrecognized? Might it create some empathy for the gay marriage cause? Why … it just might, dangit. [Gawker] Keep reading »
Oh, for crying out loud. Hillary Clinton is the Secretary of State, a big and important job in which the president actually listens to what she has to say. So why, then, is the entire first paragraph of a recent Vogue article about Clinton dedicated to the color of her pantsuit at the U.N. General Assembly meeting recently (red, in case you were wondering)?
In the next paragraph, we learn that one day at the State Department Clinton was “wearing no makeup” and looked “tired and cranky.” Fret not, though, because her deputy chief of staff handed her a cosmetics bag and Clinton applied her own mascara, lipstick, blush and powder.
Really, Vogue? I don’t care that Clinton does her own makeup and (still) wears brightly colored pantsuits. Keep reading »
was on “Oprah
” today and it was kind of hard to watch without yelling at the television screen. So rather than sound like ranting crazy people, here are the things we really wanted to say to Sarah while we watched her on Big O’s couch. Keep reading »
Michelle Fenty sounds a lot like Washington, D.C.’s other first lady on paper. She’s an accomplished attorney, married to an influential politician, and is an involved mother. She met her husband, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, when she served as his mentor. And she’s also been noted for her stylish wardrobe. But this isn’t the life this dynamic woman always envisioned for herself. Keep reading »
Genealogists have been busy reconstructing the First Lady’s family tree and what they’ve discovered is shocking—but really only to Debbie Shields, who is apparently Michelle Obama’s cousin. And yes, she’s white as can be. But are we really surprised by this? As most of us know, there were many African and American couplings (both consensual and non-consensual) that took place during the times of slavery—and Michelle’s great, great grandmother Melvinia was no exception. As it turns out, Melvinia was impregnated at age 15 by plantation owner Charles Marion Shields who is also Debbie’s great, great grandfather. In case you got lost there in the twisted branches, that makes the two fourth cousins. While Debbie and her 17-year old son Brandon think it’s “awesome” to be related to the first lady, they couldn’t believe it at first. Believe it, folks! So what do you think? Awkward family reunion or positive step forward for race relations in this country? [Newser] Keep reading »