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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

Gov. Scott Walker's new target?

05/17/11 07:20PM

First it was unions. Now, sex-same couples might be next on Scott Walker’s hit list. The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel is reporting the Wisconsin Governor wants to ban hospital visitation rights, saying they violate the state’s constitution: Gov. read more

Mickey Mouse (file)

Disney trademarks 'Seal Team 6'

05/17/11 06:24PM

Fresh on the heels of Osama Bin Laden’s death, the Walt Disney Company filed paperwork to trademark the phrase “Seal Team 6.” That’s the same name of the special forces unit that killed the Al Qaeda leader.According to FishbowlNY, the company filed paperwork on May 3, just two days after Navy Seals raided Bin Laden’s hidden compound. Very quick, that Mickey Mouse. read more

Sen. Tom Coburn (file)

Gang of Six group collapses

05/17/11 05:36PM

Now we’re down to five. Sen. Tom Coburn confirmed today he’s leaving the so-called Gang of Six, a bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators working to solve the hot mess that is America’s deficit.“We can’t bridge the gulf of where we need to go on mandatory spending,” Corburn said today. “I don’t see that there’s going to be any fruition in continuing them at this time.” He said talks sunk to a “discouraging” low as of late.Coburn blamed the issue of entitlement reform as the main cause of the breakdown.He leaves behind two other Republican and three Democratic colleagues. read more

Newt and Callista Gingrich (file)

Diamonds are Newt's best friend

05/17/11 04:28PM

On Sunday's "Meet the Press," Newt Gingrich alienated a huge chunk of the Republican party when he said he supported an individual mandate for health care AND called Paul Ryan's budget plan, "radical." Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh said not even he could justify Gingrich's comments on "Meet the Press" and in Iowa, a disgruntled voter asked the 2012 candidate, "why don't you get out before you make a bigger fool of yourself?"Today, Newt's week got even worse. read more