Her hubby Vince may have been the chairman willing to jump in the ring and get hit over the head with a metal folding chair, but, behind the scenes, Linda McMahon has been the one running the WWE as its CEO for the past 12 years. Having already smacked down wrestling‘s glass ceiling, Linda is now setting her sights higher. She wants to run for the U.S. Senate. While Vince is slipping into her chief executive chair, Linda is throwing her hat in the ring for a 2010 run for Congress. She has her eye on Connecticut Democrat Chris Dodd’s seat. But first, in the Republican primary she’ll have to pin down economist Peter Schiff, who famously predicted the pop of the U.S. housing bubble and has been whoring himself out to fake news shows ever since. We think they should just take it to the ring—Linda has to have picked up some moves from Chyna. Oh, wait, maybe Linda can form a tag team with Stormy Daniels? Keep reading »
I can fully admit it—I drink three, sometimes even four, Diet Cokes a day. We have a fridge full of them here at the Frisky office and my DC consumption is nothing compared to Amelia’s—she perpetually has a small tribe of cans on her desk. So we were both a little concerned when we heard that many public health officials, including one group who just published an article in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, are calling for a soda tax. Apparently, the idea is picking up steam—53 percent of Americans think a soda tax is a good idea and Barack Obama recently said that he thinks we should be exploring one. “It’s really a double-win,” said Dr. David Ludwig, one of the authors of the New England Journal report. “We can raise much-needed dollars while likely reducing obesity prevalence, which is a major driver of health care costs. In terms of ways of raising that revenue, a tax on sugar sweetened beverages is really a no-brainer.” [ABC News] Keep reading »
How retro. The FCC has proclaimed that it would like to “further investigate” Nipplegate, i.e., the moment in 2004 when Justin Timberlake pulled at Janet Jackson‘s costume during the Super Bowl halftime show, baring her pierced nipple and traumatizing children for years, even though a commercial for Viagra that made reference to a “four-hour erection” aired during the same program and apparently had no adverse effect. The FCC has brought their complaint all the way up to the Third District Appeals Court, hoping that the case can be reopened. “The evidence in this case strongly suggests that CBS had access to video delay technology at the time of the 2004 Super Bowl,” the FCC said. In other words, they think the nip slip was “willfull.” Really? Does anyone still care about this? And doesn’t our government have better things to be spending its time on? [Gawker] Keep reading »
“Wait till her fat keister is sitting at this desk,’ [George W. Bush] once said [of Hillary Clinton] (except he didn’t say ‘keister’).”
– from “Me Talk Presidential One Day,” by former Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer, GQ Keep reading »
I don’t even have time to list all the politicians who’ve been caught having affairs in recent years. But at least Mark Sanford and John Edwards had the good sense not to talk about their dalliances on tape. California State Assemblyman Mike Duvall, a self-stated “family values warrior” who recently won the Ethics in America award, forgot that he was wearing a microphone when, before an assembly meeting, he dished all the dirty deets of his affair(s) to an assembly buddy. “I’ve been getting into spanking her,” he said on the recording. “I like it!” [CNN]
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If you’ve got $25,000 burning a whole in your pocket—and frankly, who doesn’t in this economy—I’ve got the perfect way for you to spend it. No, not by giving it to me, though that would be cool too. You should put in a bid on eBay to win a dinner for five with Sarah and Todd Palin. The auction will start next Tuesday, and bidding will begin at $25K. The proceeds from the auction will go to Ride 2 Recovery, a charity for wounded veterans. If you bid, just hope that Sarah and Todd stay together long enough to make it to your swinging soiree.
If the thought of having dinner with the Palins makes you want to scream, perhaps you’d prefer to bid $7,500 on a lunch with Karl Rove? Anyone? [CNN] Keep reading »
If you don’t know who Reggie Love is, get with the program, girls. Generally speaking, he’s President Obama‘s right-hand man, otherwise known as a “body man,” the president’s special assistant and aide. He grew up in North Carolina, went to Duke, where he played on the basketball team, and came to Capitol Hill on an internship in 2006. Now, he’s regularly at Obama’s side, attending to the Big Man’s every need, whether that’s keeping him on schedule or shooting some hoops (I imagine he lets Barry win at least some of the time). But what Love does best is look good doing it. Thankfully, it’s never too late for a “Summer of Love” slideshow. Keep reading »
For the first time since they arrived back in the U.S. a month ago, journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee have written up their account of exactly what happened to them in North Korea. This part of the story we already knew: The two were in China reporting for a piece about North Korean women who were fleeing across the border, only to find that their lives in China were pretty miserable and that they were hungry, victims of violence, and often ended up stripping online.
But what we didn’t know is exactly how their arrest happened and whether they did in fact cross into Kim Jong Il land. Keep reading »
Supposedly, disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is considering another run for public office, and the mother of the call girl at the center of the scandal that brought down the “Love Gov” is speaking out. In an interview with the New York Post, Ashley Dupre‘s mother, Carolyn Capalbo, opined of Spitzer’s slow-but-steady career resurrection: “Only in America.” Dupre, in contrast, is “having a rough go”; surely, coming back from being outed as a sex worker who brought down a politician is no easy feat. A friend of Dupre pointed out that in this case the woman gets the short end of the stick: “The woman always ends up the filthy, marked whore and he ends up coming back the savior of politics.” Dupre may have gotten paid, but it seems she’s the one paying now. [New York Post] Keep reading »
All summer, folks have been speculating that Chelsea Clinton will be tying the knot with Marc Mezvinsky on Martha’s Vineyard. And the New York Post believes that it will be happening any second—a reporter saw a ginormous stage being built on the property Bill Clinton supposedly rented on Chappaquiddick island. [New York Post]
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