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Cold open – May 18, 2011

Cold open – May 18, 2011

05/18/11 08:00PM

Tonight the president talked health care reform in Boston and thanked Mitt Romney for leading the way on the individual mandate. Republicans would be... watch

Newt: Don't quote me on that

05/18/11 07:56PM

Newt Gingrich has had a pretty bad time of things since officially launching his bid for the White House. He's been blasted in editorials in both the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal. He's been pelted with a box of glitter. He's enraged Rush Limbaugh (not that enraging Rush is particularly difficult). And Newt apologized to Rep. Paul Ryan for his statements on the freshman Republican's Medicare plan on Meet the Press. read more

Weirdest GOP ad ever?

05/18/11 07:15PM

The Tim Pawlenty guy must have been busy. Debbie Georgatos, a candidate for Dallas County Republican Party Chair, will blow your mind with her new ad. In the video, she talks slightly off camera (à la Michele Bachmann, but intentionally so) while somber music plays in the background. It cuts to imagery of slummed out buildings in Detroit and sad baby elephants getting sprayed with a hose. She warns voters of "a super massive blue hole, because we all know what that looks like." read more

CDC releases plan for zombie attack

CDC releases plan for zombie attack

05/18/11 04:50PM

Well, well, well, move over Max Brooks. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a preparation plan for the most wretched judgment day our future may hold. Zombie apocalypse.    We've all seen it in the movies but could it possibly happen? The CDC may think so. A blog post on CDC's website reads, "There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. read more

The jilted bride caught in the nick of time.

Jilted bride saved from suicide jump

05/18/11 03:32PM

Just days before her wedding, a woman in Northeast China tried to jump from her seventh floor apartment when she learned that her fiance had married someone else. The jilted bride, 22-year-old Li-Wan, sat in her wedding dress sobbing on the ledge of her apartment while onlookers watched from below. Luckily,when Li-Wan was about jump, a local police officer caught her by the neck and eventually, with the help of her neighbors, pulled her to safety. Li-Wan was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation. The dramatic ordeal was caught on camera. read more

First Word: May 18, 2011

05/18/11 03:13PM

Here's a look at stories we're following now. What stories are you clicking on today?Newt Gingrich apologizes to Paul Ryan, begs Democrats not to quote him in adsNewt Gingrich plays the Sarah Palin cardDown a man, "Gang of Five" presses on?Jilted bride saved from jumping out of windowOprah films farewell show with stars including Tom Cruise, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, even Dakota Fanning read more

Newt Gingrich hit with glitter

Newt Gingrich hit with glitter

05/17/11 09:04PM

A protester dumped a bunch of glitter on Newt Gingrich and his wife tonight at a book-signing in Minneapolis. The man approached the couple during the event at a downtown Minneapolis hotel and showered the rainbow-colored confetti on the pair. He then yelled, "stop the hate" and “feel the rainbow,” presumably a nod to gay rights. The protester was later identified as 24-year-old Nick Espinosa. read more