December 2007 Archives



Country music stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

Faith Hill told US Weekly that she just might become First Lady of Tennessee one day.  Her husband Tim McGraw is thinking about running for governor. 

"Tim has talked about maybe running for office, and I know how passionate he is about things," Faith says. "When he says he really wants to do something, he'll do it. I can't imagine what it would be like to be the First Lady of Tennessee, but who knows? I don't rule it out. It's dangerous to say never."

Gubernatorial aspirations are nothing new to McGraw. The country music star, who is a Democrat, told Esquire back in 2006: "I just think as governor of the state, there would be a lot more opportunities to make some decisions and change some things." 

McGraw has also considered representing Tennesseans as Senator McGraw.  Back in 2004, he told Time magazine: "I want to run for the Senate from Tennessee."

Hill and McGraw live in Nashville, TN with their three daughters. 



  Romney Family.jpg As my favorite Style Network host Niecy would say, we've got "mayhem and foolishness" going on in South Carolina. 

A wise guy (or gal) sent holiday cards to some South Carolina Republicans that highlighted Mitt Romney's Mormon faith by quoting controversial passages from the Book of Mormon. The cards said that they were from the Romney family and "paid for by the Boston Massachussetts Temple." 

Mitt Romney and the Mormon Temple in Boston say that they did not send the cards.  Whoever sent them should be shaking in their boots, because the South Carolina GOP has asked the FBI to investigate.


Amina al-Amrani sells $250,000 in fruit daily.  Photo credit:

Amina al-Amrani, 57, lives in Yemen.  Despite many barriers, she has managed to start and successfully run a fruit wholesale business.  Here is her story. (Hat Tip: CNN)


Amina's culture places a low priority on educating women and girls.  She can neither read nor write.  She also lives in a country where many believe that a woman should not go into business, because it could require her to be alone with unrelated men.  She started her business anyway, despite the disapproval of others.  "My mother screamed at me that I was shaming the family, and my brother's didn't speak to me for 4 years," she recalled.

On being one tough cookie.

"I stood strong and persistent," she said.  "I kept working and I kept training, and that's how I gained the experience."


"Competition is tough," she explained. "They're all men in this field.  Because I'm a woman and I'm successful, some people try to hassle me and drive me out of business."

Why they're hatin'.

Amina brings in $250,000 in fruit sales every day. [Say what?!] She is one of the top fruit wholesalers in Yemen.

Her message to the haters (via her girl Jill Scott).

In reality, I’m gon’ be who I be
And I don’t feel no faults
For all the lies that you bought
You can try as you may
Break me down but I say
That it ain’t up to you
Gone and do what you do

Hate on me, hater
Now or later
‘Cuz I’m gonna do me
You’ll be mad, baby
(Go ‘head and hate)
Go ‘head and hate on me, hater
I’m not afraid of
What I got I paid for
You can hate on me

Why it was all worth it.

She can send all of her daughters to college.

There's More.

Watch CNN's video story about Amina's inspiring story here.

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Quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. Photo credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images.

The fact that only 40% of Americans will vote doesn't get that much attention.  But when only 40% of Americans will see the Patriots play the Giants?!  Well, then all hell's gonna break loose.

The drama started when football fans found out that the NFL planned to broadcast the New England/New York game exclusively on the NFL Channel, which is available in only 40% of American homes. This is an important game for football fans because, rivalries aside, this game will determine whether New England will make history as the first team to go 16-0 in the regular season.  Who cares? Yeah, exactly. 

Anyway, the NFL hoped that fan anger would force Time Warner and Comcast to include the NFL Channel in basic cable packages, so all fans could see the games.  The NFL had been in a lengthy catfight with cable companies about this, and hoped that added fan pressure would help them get their way. 

Unfortunately for fans though, just like in the Story of Zax, neither side would budge.  So football fans seriously starting tripping that they might miss the game. Then a whole lot of them who don't even vote found out what a senator was and started calling their's to complain. 

Enter Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). [Insert Superman theme song here.]

Sen. Kerry pressured the cable companies and the NFL to work things out.  Sen. Specter and Sen Leahy sent the NFL a letter threatening to revisit their anti-trust exception if the game was not more widely broadcast.  Of notable mention is that the good senators worked on this constituent matter through their Christmas vacation.  [Overheard in hell: "Mmm, these frostie pops sure are good!"]

This story has a happy ending: the game will now be simulcast on the NFL Channel, CBS and NBC, and all of the American people can watch on Saturday.  This will be the first 3 network simulcast of a NFL game in history, and the first simulcast of a NFL game since the 1967 inaugural Superbowl following the merger of the National Football League and the American Football League.

Who cares?  Yeah, exactly. 



bhutto_rally_1227.jpgPakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, 54, was killed today at a campaign rally where she spoke before thousands of supporters.  A sucide bomber shot her in the neck and chest before blowing himself up.  At least 20 others were killed.

Bhutto, a former prime minister of Pakistan, returned to the country from exile on October 18th.  That same day, she was almost injured in a suicide bomber attack that killed 140 people at her homecoming parade.

No one has claimed responsibility for Bhutto's asassination, but some of her supporters believe that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was behind it.  Musharaff was well known as her main political opponent.

Bhutto's party, which is Pakistan's largest political party, is left without her leadership just days before Pakistan's parliamentary election.  Her party had been expected to do well.

In photo above, Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto waves to supporters at a campaign rally shortly before she was gunned down.  Photo credtit: Mian Khursheed/Reuters


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Meghan McCain and dad John McCain on the campaign trail.  Photo credit:

Meghan McCain (John McCain's daughter) was on Fox News last week talking about her blog,  Watch it here.



Jamie Lynn Spears.  Photo credit:

Everybody knows by now that 16 year old Jamie Lynn Spears,star of Nickelodeon's Zoey 101 and kid sister of Britney Spears, is pregnant.  She plans to have the baby, and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is glad.

He told CBS News:

"It's a tragedy when a 16-year-old who is not really prepared for all the responsibilities of adult life is going to be now faced with all the responsibilities of honest-to-goodness adult life. I respect it."

"Apparently, she's going to have the child and I think that is the right decision, a good decision, and I respect that and appreciate it. I hope it is not an encouragement to other 16-year-olds who think that is the best course of action."

"But at the same time I'm not going to condem her. There'll be plenty of people in line to do that and I always look for the shortest lines. I just hope that she will make another right decision and that's to give that child all the love and kindness and care that she can."



bush_christmas_ap.jpgWhat did the Bushes score for Christmas?  G Dub gave Laura a purse and a silver tray.  (Can you imagine G Dub shopping for a purse?!) Laura gave  G Dub some gear for cold weather mountain biking.  The couple gave the twins, Jenna and Barbara, housewares for their apartments.

The Grinch - or at least Tom Ray, an animator who helped create the Grinch for the 1966 holiday special The Grinch Who Stole Christmas  - has endorsed Barack Obama for president. 

Obama commented that if he were a grinch, he'd be the Grinch who stole the election, not Christmas.  Christian evangelicals were relieved. (So what if we made the last part up?  This is a blog, not the freaking New York Times.)



Watch Ron Paul's family deck the halls...


Gifts from Hillary

Hillary Clinton promises universal health care, alternative energy, middle class tax breaks, universal pre-k and to bring the troops home in her holiday commercial.


John Edwards's holiday message asks us to remember homeless veterans. Nice thought. Boring video.


Is it just us, or do the Obama girls get cuter and cuter every day?


This holiday message from John McCain is clearly meant to remind conservatives that Mike Huckabee ain't the only Christian in the Republican primary race.  (And that McCain is the only former POW/military hero in the race.)  Note that while McCain wishes Christians a "blessed Christmas," he still gives a "Happy Holidays" shout out to those of other faiths.

McCain Cross.jpgMy Christmas Story

As a POW, my captors would tie my arms behind my back and then loop the rope around my neck and ankles so that my head was pulled down between my knees. I was often left like that throughout the night.

One night a guard came into my cell. He put his finger to his lips signaling for me to be quiet, and then loosened my ropes to relieve my pain. The next morning, when his shift ended, the guard returned and retightened the ropes, never saying a word to me.

A month or so later, on Christmas Day, I was standing in the dirt courtyard when I saw that same guard approach me. He walked up and stood silently next to me, not looking or smiling at me.

After a few moments had passed, he rather nonchalantly used his sandaled foot to draw a cross in the dirt. We stood wordlessly looking at the cross, remembering the true light of Christmas, even in the darkness of a Vietnamese prison camp. After a minute or two, he rubbed it out and walked away.

That guard was my Good Samaritan. I will never forget that man and I will never forget that moment. And I will never forget that, no matter where you are, no matter how difficult the circumstances, there will always be someone who will pick you up and carry you.

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas and Happy Holidays,

John McCain
John McCain

Tancredo quits


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Tom Tancredo at the Republican debate in Manchester, NH.  AP photo.

Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo has dropped out of the race and endorsed Mitt Romney.  Tancredo, a Congressman from Colorado, was at the bottom of the polls.


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 Magic Johnson and Bill Clinton at a rally for Hillary.  Photo credit: Keith Bradford for Reuters.


Magic Johnson says he supports Hillary Clinton because the lady is a champ.  Barack Obama, he implies, is not. 

"You don't want somebody in there that is young or a rookie at politics," said the former Los Angeles Lakers star at a pep rally for Hillary in Iowa. "We want somebody in there that knows what they're doing because this job is so huge."

Johnson is the third major celebrity to endorse Clinton after Oprah announced her plans to campaign for Obama. (Oprah campaigned for Obama weekend before last.) Madonna and Barbra Streisand announced their support a couple of weeks ago.

So will Madonna + Barbra + Magic = Oprah? 

Nope. Not even close.


Jamie Lynn on OK.jpgBritney Spears' parents are expecting their third grandchild, but Britney's not pregnant.  Her 16 year old little sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, is. 

Jamie Lynn is the star of Nickelodeon's popular teen show Zoey 101.  Her "baby daddy" is her 19 year old boyfriend, Casey Aldridge.

Jamie Lynn and her mom, Lynne Spears, did a tell all interview with OK! magazine about the pregnancy.  The interview will appear in the December 31st issue.

821,810 American teens become pregnant every year.

Here comes Huckabee, right down Santa Claus Lane and - he hopes - into the hearts of Christian voters.  Watch below.




Spike Lee walks the red carpet with his wife, attorney and author Tonya Lewis Lee, at the 2007 Oscars.

Here's what Spike Lee has to say about the focus of the 2008 presidential campaign:

"It's been very interesting too look at some of these presidential debates, and the Gulf region never comes up.  Don't forget about the Americans who are down there still struggling because they've been abandoned.  Again."

Brad Pitt, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. , are also thinking about the folks in New Orleans.

Hat Tip for Spike Lee quotation: Essence Magazine

The Des Moines Register and The Boston Globe have announced their endorsements for the presidential primary election:

Des Moines Register

Democrat: Hillary Clinton

Republican : John McCain


The Boston Globe

Democrat: Barack Obama

Republican: John McCain


Looks like McCain made out like a bandit. 



Lieberman McCain.jpgSen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has has crossed party lines to endorse Republican candidate John McCain for president.  Lieberman was the Democrats' candidate for Vice President in 2000.  He is now an Independent, because he switched his party affiliation in order to run for re-election after losing the Democratic primary in 2006.

"Being a Republican is important. Being a Democrat is important. But you know what's more important than that? The interest and well-being of the United States of America," Lieberman said when he announced his endorsement.  He also said that he is endorsing McCain because McCain is "the most capable to be Commander in Chief on day one of his administration."

Tigga what?


Tigger today, Tigger tomorrow, Tigger forever!


Kids in Northern California have always thought that Tiggers are wonderful things, and now their school administrators finally agree with them.

A young fashionista wore Tigger socks to school, and got in trouble for it with the teachers.  What happened to freedom of expression as a constitutional right? Kids know oppression when they see it, so five of them filed suit and brought the grown ups to their knees.

The Napa Valley Unified School District settled, agreeing to allow the kids to wear Tigger clothes (and other non-solid color clothing) to school.  The district will also pay the kids' $95,000 legal bill.

Kids don't play.



Marchesa designer Georgina Chapan and producer Harvey Weinstein walk the red carpet at the premiere of Oceans 13 at the 2007 International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.  Photo credit: Pascal le Segretain, Getty Images Europe. 

Every woman has faked it. Admit it, you know you have.  And your man didn't notice.  But if he did notice, he would he even care anyway?

Yes, says movie mogul/Halston owner/Project Runway producer Harvey Weinstein. There are sensitive men out there who do care, and he's of them.  To stop the fakers, Weinstein wants Congress to get all up in your bedroom..bedroom closet, that is.. and pass the Design Piracy Prohibition Act to prevent the manufacture of (and indirectly, use of) fake designer handbags, dresses and other products. 

You see, the drama all started when a clothing manufacturer bragged that he was going to copy a Marchesa dress designed by Weinstein's fiancee, Georgina Chapman, straight off the red carpet.  Under current U.S. law, it's okay to copy a design, so long as you don't copy the designer's trademarked logos.  When Weinstein learned that Chapman's dress could be copied and she couldn't do jack to stop it, he got a serious attitude - serious! - and began work to change U.S. law.

Under the proposed Design Piracy Prohibition Act, fashion designers would have copyright protection of their designs for three years.  Congress and fakers be warned, Weinstein says he's not effing around: "I might not know how to sew a dress and I might not know how to design a piece of jewelry, but I'm pretty good at a street fight and I bet you I get this bill passed." 

It's on now.

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This one's a real screamer! Gucci in python at Neiman Marcus for $3,690. 

See also:



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Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. AP photo.

When Major League Baseball Commish Bud Selig hired former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell to look into the steroid habits of baseball players, he must have hoped for better news.  After 20 months of nosing around, the results are in: MLB players are juicin' up on the regular.

Roger Clemons, Miguel Tejada, Andy Pettitte, Eric Gagne, Troy Glaus, Gary Matthews Jr., Brian Roberts, Paul Lo Duca, Rick Ankiel and Jack Gibbons all made the naughty list for using steroids or other performance enhancing drugs.  Barry Bonds is already in trouble for allegedly lying to a grand jury about steroids, and Gary Sheffield has had his own steroids drama in the past.  Mitchell said that all MLB ball clubs have had players who were involved with steroid use at some point in their careers.



If you weren't one of the 70,000 people at the Oprah/Obama rallies this weekend or one of the millions of people who saw the news coverage, the Obama campaign wants to make sure that you know that Barack is  Oprah's "most favoritest" thing.  The campaign sent out an email yesterday evening asking recipients to forward a video with excerpts of  Oprah's and Obama's remarks at the rallies to all of their friends. 

Interesting is that the email about Oprah's endorsement came from "Obama from America," rather than Oprah herself.  A personal email messsage from Oprah urging us gals to vote for Obama would be powerful with a capital P.  Either the Obama campaign is holding the Oprah email card for later use (most likely), or Oprah has determined that an endorsement of that kind is more than her brand can handle (less likely... O can do almost anything). 

View the video that came with the Oprah email above.  Read the email in it's entirety after the jump.



Charles Gibson interviews Hillary Clinton on what made her who she is.


Holy guacamole!  Mike Huckabee is 22 points ahead of Mitt Romney in the latest Newsweek poll of likely voters in Iowa.  Barack Obama is 6 points ahead of Hillary Clinton in Iowa among likely voters.

oprah obama.jpgSo our girl Oprah has made it clear that Barack Obama is one of her favorite things. She'll hit the campaign trail with him this weekend, making stops in Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire. 

There's been much chatter about whether or not Oprah's endorsement of Obama will actually help his candidacy.  Pundits point out that celebrity endorsements historically have not moved voters to support political candidates. Only 37% of Americans, according to an October Gallup poll, believe that a celebrity endorsement is "very important" or "somewhat important."  Only 8% feel that an Oprah endorsement would make them more likely to vote for Obama.

Wha-hu-hu-hut-ever! say the folks in the Obama camp.  They don't need Oprah to convince people to vote for Obama - well, it would be nice if she would - but they think Obama can do that.  They know that are a whole lot of other ways that Oprah will help the campaign:

1. Chicks dig Oprah. We love her!  We trust her! So we are overwhelmingly the ones who will attend any Oprah/Obama event and pay attention to the news coverage about it.  If Obama is able to pull any of us to his side, well, that's a steal from Hillary Clinton's strongest voting bloc - us gals.

2. Oprah will attract a whole lotta media attention from traditional political news sources as well as from media outlets that don't usually cover politics.  Mo press, mo peeps, mo betta. O news is good news for Obama.

3. Oprah can get a whole lotta people in the house.  (Shoot! We might have to roll to Iowa, New Hampshire or the S.C. ourselves.) Obama will have a shot at winning over Oprah fans who don't know who he is (like those who live under rocks), aren't that familiar with him or have decided to support another candidate.

4. After Oprah packs the house, Obama can make his "give me your email addresses, my pretties!" speech.  Once we're in the campaign's clutches, they'll make sure that they're able reach out and touch us again and again with follow up messages. 

5. And maybe Oprah can convince people to vote for Obama afterall.  She did get millions of us to believe that our most hated books from high school English class are actually pleasure reading.  And she also convinced us that, while we wouldn't read that mess for free back in school, we should pay to read those books now. We bought her story and the books too.

Some doubt that Oprah can get folks to vote for Obama, because voters, especially Iowa voters, are turned off by sleek celebrity endorsements.  But Oprah's no high fallutin' celebrity! She's our best friend, girl!  We know her.  She comes to our house every afternoon at 4, and we talk, laugh, cry, redecorate, read books....

Oprah's personal endorsement will introduce many of us to Obama as a friend.  So if anyone asks if we know Barack Obama, we can truthfully answer, "Yeah, we know him through our girl Oprah."  And then when election day comes, we'll go vote for our boy Barry.


It's Friiiidaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! (Those in DC who listen to WPGC get it.)  Here's a quick update on what's been going in the past 24 hours.

Top U.S. Story: Mitt Romney says that the Mormon Church isn't the boss of him!  "I'll serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause," he said in a speech Thursday. [CNN]

Top World Story: Let our people go. Columbian President Alvaro Uribe has agreed to negotiate with leftist rebels for the release of 45 hostages, including 3 Americans. [The Washington Post]

Some Other Interesting Tidbits: 

See no evil

Just as the CIA's controversial "enhanced" interrogation methods like extreme temperature exposure, sleep deprivation and waterboarding (simulated drowning) have come under congressional and legal scrutiny, the CIA claims that it just happened to destroy videotapes of interrogations for reasons that have nothing to do with the investigations.  A coincidence, right? [The Los Angeles Times]

Dem Cool Asses

Hispanics think Democrats are way cooler than Republicans, 57% to 23%. [AP]

The Big Os

Obama and Oprah say happy trails and hit the campaign trail together this wekend. [CNN]

Don't hate

Perez Hilton (we love him!) is disappointed that Congress dropped a bill that would have classified crimes based on sexual orientation as hate crimes.  []

The homewrecker vote

Imagine if your husband's former mistress said that you might be good enough for her! The nerve of that hussy! Bill Clinton's ex-luvah, Gennifer Flowers, says that she might vote for Hillary Clinton. [AP]




EvaMendes_Mazur_5162962_Max.jpgEva Mendes is the latest celebrity to pose nude for PETA.  "I want people to know that there are options—that killing a poor animal and wearing it isn't cool ... respecting all life forms is cool," the actress told PETA in an interview.

Eva's PETA campain follows the nude video campaign that Alicia Silverstone did for the animal rights group.  You can view Eva's poster here.


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So while were on the topic of the Sex and the City vote...

Filming on the new Sex and the City movie is done!  Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha will be in theaters back in our lives this spring.  You can view the trailer here and catch up on the latest Sex and the City news at  the Sex and the City movie blog

Also, if you would like to - drumroll please! - attend the premiere of the movie, the Alzheimers Association is auctioning off tickets to the premiere and VIP passes to the after party.  Make a bid!

Where are all the good men? 

There are more than 53 million single women in the U.S., and we make up more than a quarter of the electorate.  But get this: 20 million of us didn't vote in 2004. That's not cute. Anyway, the lucky candidate who wins our hearts will be the next president. 

(Note to the contenders: You best come correct. With a failing economy and unsuccessful wars, we are sick of frogs.)

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The Sex and the City Vote [Polichicks Online]

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) was on The View Tuesday morning to talk about abortion, the economy, immigration, China and his race for the White House.  The highlight of the interview?  When co-host Joy Behar said to him, "Now you're probably not going to win, and you know that, right?"  Yes- she went there.  Watch below in two parts (part 1 top, part 2 bottom).


Top U.S. Story: According to a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is right behind frontrunner Rudy Giuliani.  And by right behind, we mean he's all up on him. [The Los Angeles Times]

Top World Story: An Afghan suicide bomber crashed into a minibus and killed 13 people, including 6 Afghan soldiers [CNN],  and Isreal freed 429 Palestinian prisoners. [The Los Angeles Times]

Other exciting news:

Mighty Mitt crushes in New Hampshire

Mitt Romney leads rivals in New Hampshire by a whole heck of a lot, according to a new Washington Post/ABC news poll.  He's 17 points ahead of his nearest rival, John McCain, and 28 points ahead of Mike Huckabee.  That's the good news.  The bad news is that 2/3 of his peeps said that they could change their mind in a heartbeat.  [The Washington Post]

A voter walks into a bar...

Presidential candidates are keeping young professionals liquored up, hoping they'll get drunk enough to vote for them. [The Los Angeles Times]

You're fired!

After Rudy Giuliani clowned Mitt Romney for having a "santuary mansion" (as in sanctuary for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally), Romney fired a landscaper who used undocumented workers at his crib. [AP]


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Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie at the premiere of his new film Revolver

So Hillary Clinton's latest BFF is Madonna. Women's Wear Daily caught up with Madge and her husband Guy Ritchie at the premiere of his new film Revolver. Let's eavesdrop on the conversation.

WWD: Hillary or Obama?

Madge: Hillary

WWD: Because?

Madge: Because I've gotta support the girls.  And because I'm a big fan of the Clintons.

The madge dash to Hillary's side comes as no surprise. predicted that Madonna would support Hillary back in August, when she spent over two hours with Bill Clinton at his foundation's headquarters. You can watch's video of Madonna's visit - well, at least video of her walking in and out of the building - here. (Bill Clinton is the only person in the world who can keep the paps away from his office.  Now that's power.)

See also:

Madonna and Guy Step Out, Support Hillary [The Huffington Post]

Longtime friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barbra Streisand,  announced last week that she will endorse Hillary Clinton for president.  The endorsement comes in response to Oprah's announcement that she will campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina for Barack Obama. Streisand hopes that her endorsement will help bring the Clinton campaign back to the way they were - ahead in the Iowa. 

Money Babs has made financial contributions to the presidential campaigns of all three democratic frontrunners: Barack Obama, John Edwards and Hillary Clinton.

Top U.S. Story: Santa is on his way!  Bush tells Congress to fund the wars before he gets here. [CNN]

Top World Story: Iranians think nuclear weapons are so four years ago, which is when they stopped making them. [The Washington Post]

Other exciting news:

Barack Obama in drag. Kinda.

When it comes to being the best advocate for women, Obama says the baddest chick is actually a dude. [New York Times]

A new look for President Bush

Bush aides plan to give G Dub a makeover in 2008. [Politico]

She's such a drag

Dems worry that Hillary Clinton on the presidential ticket will pull down Dems in other races.  [The New York Times]








We wouldn't mind if this construction worker whistled at us. At all.

Actor and hottie Brad Pitt has partnered with film producer Steve Bing to build 150 eco-friendly houses in New Orleans' lower 9th ward.  Pitt and Bing have each committed $5 million to the project. Watch Pitt make the announcement at a news conference on Monday here.

The new houses are draped in pink tarps as they are constructed.  Pitt speculated that this reminds some people of John Mellankamp's patriotic tune Pink Houses, and makes others think of the New Orleans housing problem as the "pink elephant" in the room.

"To build those 150 homes, we need the help of the American people," Pitt said. "We need to all join together to do this. There is no reason why we can't do a thousand homes."

Pitt isn't the only celebrity builing homes in New Orleans.  New Orleans natives and recording artists Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. are building a "Musician's Village" of homes with Habitat for Humanity.

Ain't that America.


The Morning Qwickie

Top U.S. Story: Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee say, "I told y'all I was gonna bump like this!" Both surge to lead in Iowa according to a poll taken by the Des Moines Register. [The Washington Post]

Top World Story: Oh no he di' int! President Hugo Chavez failed to get a referendum passed that would let him be president of Venezuela forever and ever. [The New York Times]

Other Exciting News:

Mitt Romney is not Tom Cruise

We know Mitt Romney is not Tom Cruise because (1) his marriage is real, (2) he doesn't put his feet on Miss Oprah's couch, and (3) he's not in a cult.  But because some blockheads can't get this through their thick sculls, we're all going to have to endure his upcoming and couldn't-be-anything-but-boring speech on Mormonism.  God help us. [AP]

Larry Craig can't keep it on the down low

Ain't no lovin' like Larry Craig's lovin' 'cuz Larry Craig's lovin' don't stop.  Geez, how many times is Craig going to be caught with his pants down? Eight of his of his luv-vahs have come forward to kiss and tell. [CNN]

He's Ba-aaack... 

Imus returns to radio later this morning at 6 am.  At least it's not TV. His face doesn't exactly go with breakfast. [AP]

A Russian smack down

President Vladimir Putin's party totally kicked some you know what in Russia's parliamentary elections, taking two thirds of the vote.  Now that his party fully runs the joint, word is that Putin sees term limits as just a little bump in the road to eternal power. [CNN






We hope you caught the Heartland Presidential Forum and were able to follow along as we live blogged the event for TV One.  If not, no worries.  We'll post a summary here shortly. 

Thank goodness everybody is okay!  A man who said he was wearing a bomb took hostages at Hillary Clinton's campaign office in Rochester, NH.  The man has been arrested and all of the hostages are safe.

Clinton posted this statement on the homepage of her website:

I am very grateful that this difficult day has ended so well. All of my campaign staff and volunteers are safe. I want to thank them for their extraordinary courage and coolness under some very difficult pressures and dangerous situations. I also want to thank all of law enforcement. We were in touch from the moment this began with local, county, state, federal law enforcement. I am so grateful to them for their response which brought this hostage situation to such a good ending.


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