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Jess Dweck
  • Fox News Host Praises President Obama for Gay Marriage Stance

    This is truly a historic day. Not only did the President of the United States come out in support of gay marriage, but a Fox News anchor actually praised him for it.

    No, hell has not frozen over. And no, Rush Limbaughs aren't flying. But Shepard Smith did say a few kind words about the President's newly "evolved" position on gay marriage

    Fox News' Shepard Smith reacted to President Obama's announcing his support for gay marriage by saying that the president "is now in the 21st century." Well, he also went a step further, critiquing Republicans for being on the "wrong side of history"…

    Smith then pointed out that the president's announcement doesn't change things legally. The matter is still up to states, he said, possibly alluding to the 1960s civil rights era:

    "Of course, in reality, what really matters is what governors are saying. This makes no legal changes of any kind. This is a states issue, at least for now — which may sound familiar to a couple of generations ago, but that's where we are."

    Upon finishing up the segment, Roger Ailes threw a bag over Smith's head and dragged him down to the Fox News basement for reprogramming. Just kidding. Although speaking up for marriage equality isn't anything new for Smith, this latest outburst of honesty probably doesn't bode well for his future at the network. And it certainly hasn't helped the quiet rumors that he's gay.

    At Fox News, supporting same-sex marriage is like having a conscience — it really sets you apart from everyone else. According to most Fox News personalities, the only thing that should be all male is the government.

    Tags: Bret Baier, Fox News, LGBT, Marriage, Marriage Equality, Shepard Smith
  • Rick Santorum's Bizarre Tonight Show Appearance

    It's always strange when failed presidential candidates appear on late night talk shows and act like it's some sort of hilarious sitcom reunion. And it's even weirder when that politician fueled his campaign by exploiting the bigotry and ignorance of the GOP base.

    Hey, remember that time I actively advocated for discriminating against gays? Ha. Remember when I based my whole campaign on limiting women's access to health care? Good times, good times.

    Behold the laugh riot that is Rick Santorum's appearance on the Tonight Show…



    At one point during the interview, Leno jokingly suggests that "the worst thing ever" for Santorum would be a gay couple smoking with contraceptives. Rick Santorum throws up his arms in mock disgust, saying "Oh my God. Heaven forbid!" Hahaha, what a jokester! He thinks gays and condoms are evil! He was almost president. LOL.

    Santorum also gave Leno one of his trademark sweater vests as a wacky souvenir from the campaign trail. But Leno probably won't wear it. It's not biker denim.

    Rick Santorum may not have won the nomination, but he did achieve one major accomplishment last night. He made Jay Leno seem likable.

    Tags: Contraception, Jay Leno, NBC, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Tonight Show
  • Mitt Romney Does/Does Not Have a Firm Belief About Immigration

    mitt romneyMitt Romney is often criticized for being a spineless flip-flopper on issues ranging from the auto bailout to abortion and immigration. But that's totally unfair.

    Romney is resolute in his belief that he does not yet have any resolute beliefs about anything

    RNC Hispanic Outreach Director Bettina Inclán fumbled when asked to defend likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's views on immigration, which were hit by some Republicans and observers during the primary as being too extreme and a liability in the general election.

    "I think as a candidate, to my understanding, he's still deciding what his position on immigration is," Inclán said. "So I can't talk about what his proposal is going to be because I don't know"…

    A few minutes after Inclán's statement, RNC spokeswoman Kristen Kukowski interrupted the briefing to explain that Romney does indeed have position on immigration, but the RNC just wasn't prepared to talk about it. She added that Romney has only been the presumptive nominee for a few weeks, and the RNC and campaign haven't completed the transition process.

    Yeah, calm down, guys. Mitt Romney has only been the nominee for a few weeks and has only been a prominent politician for the last 18 years. That's only 936 weeks. You can't expect Romney to just possess a core belief about one of our nation's most important issues in that short of a time.

    Before Romney can state his campaign's official position on immigration, he must figure out what he believes in his heart. That is, what polls and focus groups say he believes in his heart. Just give him another 900 weeks. By that time, Romney will have figured out his heartfelt stance on crucial issues like immigration and gay marriage.

    Though President Obama will probably still be "evolving."

    Related: Mitt Romney Dips His Toe into Marco Rubio's Immigration Plan

    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Bettina Inclan, Hispanic, Immigration, Mitt Romney, Republicans
  • Thanks to Senate GOP, You'll Be in Debt Forever

    In the last few years, the GOP has emerged as the party of extreme budget hawks. Republicans like Paul Ryan have repeatedly hammered the President on spending and opposed increases to the debt ceiling.

    They really, really care about debt. Just not yours

    Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked consideration of a Democratic bill to prevent the doubling of some student loan interest rates, leaving the legislation in limbo less than two months before rates on subsidized federal loans are set to shoot upward.

    Along party lines, the Senate voted 52 to 45, failing to clear the 60-vote hurdle needed to beat back a filibuster and begin debating the measure…

    Republicans said they wanted to extend Democratic legislation passed in 2007 that temporarily reduced interest rates…But they oppose the Senate Democrats’ proposal to pay for a one-year extension by changing tax law that currently allows some wealthy taxpayers to avoid paying Social Security and Medicare.

    Republicans believe in the American dream, where everyone should have the opportunity to get an education. That is, everyone whose family can afford to pay for their education and who, consequently, doesn't actually need that education to advance in society. Sure, a college education is part of the American dream. But so is discriminating against the poor once you've already made your money.

    In fairness, the GOP did put forth their own version of the bill, in which interest rates were stabilized in exchange  for cuts to health care. Under the Republican plan, by age 40, students will be done paying off their loans. And probably dead.

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Debt, Education, Filibuster, Republicans, Senate, Taxes
  • There Are Now Officially Too Many Romneys

    Looks like the Duggars have some competition. As of today, Mitt and Ann Romney are the stars of their own private reality show, 18 Grandkids and Counting.

    Let's all congratulate the Romneys on the birth of their 17th and 18th grandchild of the corn

    Tagg Romney, the eldest son of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, announced via Twitter that he and his wife Jen have new twin boys, delivered by a surrogate today.

    "Happy 2 announce birth of twin boys David Mitt and William Ryder. Big thanks to our surrogate. Life is a miracle," Tagg tweeting, linking to a photo of himself and one of his new sons…

    Now a grandmother of 18, Ann Romney promptly tweeted her congratulations. "Grandchildren 17 and 18 are here – congratulations @TRomney and Jen! We can't wait to meet David and William," she wrote.

    For those not keeping score, this means Mitt Romney now has more descendants than delegates. Even Rick Santorum can't keep up. He's only got seven offspring to exploit.

    With all of Mitt's flip flops, the commentariat likes to joke that there are too many Mitt Romneys to keep track of. Well, now there really are way too many Romneys. But hey, those Cadillacs aren't going to fill themselves!

    In all seriousness, congratulations to the Romney clan on their new little additions. Usually when the Romneys get a new addition, it's just another wing on their beach house.

    Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Ann Romney, Children, Mitt Romney, Tagg Romney, The Family, Twitter