Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

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Rep. Michele Bachmann is bidding adieu to Congress at the end of the year, and while her staff promised not to release a video of her singing to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” while she’s in office… well, all bets are off now.  Check it out.

The Minnesota congresswoman wasn’t the only one referring to rap music this week.  The Supreme Court cited none other than Eminem in a recent case against the justice system’s use of rap lyrics as admissible evidence in court.  

Chief Justice John Roberts referred to Eminem’s song “97 Bonnie and Clyde” in the case of Elonis vs. The United States, which examines how Anthony Elonis was convicted to 44 months in prison under a federal law which makes it illegal to communicate any threat to injure the person of another.”  The Chief Justice specifically refers to how Eminem describes killing his wife in the song, putting her body in “a nice bed for mommy at the bottom of the lake.”

“Could that be prosecuted?” asked Roberts.

“This sounds like a road map for threatening a spouse and getting away with it,” Justice Samuel Alito said. “You put it in rhyme and you put some stuff about the Internet on it and you say, ‘I’m an aspiring rap artist.’ And so then you are free from prosecution.”

We’ll see if the “Eminem Defense” holds up in the country’s high court.

And finally, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is making the rounds to promote his new book, “Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War.”  He stopped by “The Colbert Report” where he talked about the possibility of running for President in 2016.  

 

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