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Jess Dweck
  • Romney and Bloomberg Probably Plotting to Take Over the World

    When Mitt Romney met with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday, reporters speculated about what the pair might have discussed. Endorsements? Cabinet positions? Vacation homes?

    But not even the intrepid journalists at the New York Times could penetrate their cone of silence

    The candidate was pleasant. He acknowledged that New York was amazing. And, if he walked down the street, the mayor would greet him, and by his first name, no less.

    That’s about all Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg would give up Friday morning, as he talked on his weekly radio show about his half-hour breakfast summit Tuesday with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney…

    He offered no details on whether he would support Mr. Romney over President Obama, who has also been seeking the coveted prize of the mayor’s endorsement.

    With no reliable intel to go on, we'll just go ahead and assume that Romney and Bloomberg were plotting to take over the world. I mean, why else would two of the most powerful and wealthy men in the country meet in a secluded location and not reveal what they talked about?

    Sure, they could have been discussing whether Bloomberg will officially endorse Romney, or who sells the best $200 socks, but it was probably world domination. No big deal.

    While Romney was in the Big Apple, I hope he took time off to get a famous New York City hot dog. Those dogs are a lot easier to tie to a car roof. And they make much less of a mess.

    Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Michael Bloomberg, Mitt Romney, Money, New York, New York City, Republicans
  • Obama Administration Secretly Endorses Abstinence-Only Education

    CondomAs a public service, the Department of Health and Human Services keeps an updated list of "evidence-based" teen pregnancy prevention programs that it endorses. It's a refreshing change of pace from the Bush administration, which relied more on scripture than science for their sex education policies.

    Unfortunately, according to the hawk-eyed bloggers over at RH Reality Check, the list received an unexpected addition some time last month. If you scroll down a bit, you'll find a little program called Heritage Keepers Abstinence Education.

    So, what is this scientifically proven, fact-based program the Obama administration now endorses?

    Heritage Keepers contains little or no information about puberty, anatomy, sexually transmitted diseases, or sexual behavior. Instead, most of its lessons are devoted to promoting the importance of heterosexual marriage and the value of abstinence before marriage. Students are asked to take virginity pledges and class time is devoted to having students envision and plan their wedding days…

    [A]t best Heritage Keepers Abstinence Education ignores LGBT youth – and at worst it promotes homophobia. The stigmatization of LGBT youth throughout the program reinforces the cultural invisibility and bias these students already face in many schools and communities.

    Oh. That sounds, um, scientific.

    It's unclear how President Obama can urge anyone to take a virginity pledge when he's clearly in bed with social conservatives on this one.

    In any case, I don't think Heritage Keepers is really as anti-gay as its critics claim. The curriculum includes wedding planning. And who doesn't love envisioning their own wedding day? Newt Gingrich loves it so much, he did it three times!

    Tags: Abstinence, Barack Obama, Children, Conservatives, Education, Health, Health Care, Homophobia, Kathleen Sebelius, LGBT, Sex
  • Mitt Romney's American Flag Pins Are Made in China

    Do you know how much Mitt Romney loves America? A lot. Like, a lot a lot. He loves America so much he even had special "We Stand United" flag pins made for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

    And just like every other America-loving businessman, he had them made in China

    At a fundraiser in Virginia last night, Mitt Romney touted his experinece running the Salt Lake City Olympic Games in 2002… He told a story about the "We Stand United" American flag pins he commissioned for the games…Romney touted his creation of the pins as a means to explain how he hopes to bring Americans together…

    Complicating Romney's patriotic message is the fact that the pins were made in China, according to a website run by the Utah state government's culture department, as TPM's Evan McMorris-Santoro pointed out on Twitter.

    Wow. Mitt Romney is now making so many gaffes, he's had to start outsourcing them to China.

    It's pretty telling that his most profound expression of patriotism is a tiny, boring lapel pin. Romney better watch out for the Fourth of July. He might get too worked up and do something crazy, like wear an American flag tie.

    Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: China, Flags, Mitt Romney, Olympics, Republicans, Utah
  • BREAKING: Rich Candidate's Wife Wears Expensive Shirt

    Guys, it's time to start freaking out. Ann Romney, wife of millionaire candidate Mitt Romney, wore a shirt that costs almost a thousand dollars.

    Not only that, the shirt was ugly. Let's all freak out

    Mitt and Ann Romney appeared on CBS's This Morning to talk about Barack Obama, Osama bin Laden, and a slew of other political things. Sharp eyes over at The Cut noticed that Ann was wearing a bird-printed t-shirt by Reed Krakoff.

    Naturally, we had to get the scoop on the price. According to a saleswoman at Krakoff's Madison Avenue store, the silk tee costs $990.That is one seriously overpriced top! Let's just hope she wears it more than once (like, say, 990 times).

    Or as another fashion blogger put it

    Seriously, it looks like there is an animal diving into her armpit. There is a face on her chest. A face!

    We all knew the Romneys were capable of unspeakable crimes against dogs, but who knew Ann could commit such a crime against fashion? Hopefully, no fish were harmed — or tied to a roof — in the making of that shirt.

    As for the outrageous price tag, that's a bit more defensible. When your family has a personal fortune of over $250 million and your husband rakes in tens of millions each year for doing absolutely nothing, $1000 isn't much to spend on a silk shirt. We should just be happy it wasn't a sweater vest.

    Photo by Jeff Neira/CBS/Getty Images

    Tags: Animals, Ann Romney, CBS, Fashion, Mitt Romney, Money, Republicans
  • Judge Rules Freedom of Speech Does Not Include Facebook "Likes"

    Facebook profileFreedom of speech is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed in the constitution. Thanks to the First Amendment, we can rant about politicians and other public officials all day long.

    We just can't "like" them on Facebook

    Daniel Ray Carter and Robert McCoy were deputies in the Hampton, Virginia sheriff’s office. Were, that is, until they made the mistake of "liking" their boss' opponent's Facebook page during a contested sheriff election. They were both fired shortly after their boss won reelection.

    As government employees, Carter and McCoy are protected by the First Amendment. Nevertheless, a federal judge in Virginia denied their claim that they were unconstitutionally fired for expressing their political view on the unusual theory that "liking" a Facebook page does not constitute a form of expression protected by the First Amendment:

    "No such statements exist in this case. Simply liking a Facebook page is insufficient. It is not the kind of substantive statement that has previously warranted constitutional protection."

    Of course, that's not actually true. The Supreme Court has held that protected speech includes acts such as wearing an anti-war armband, waving a flag and displaying a swastika. Apparently, the judge was just exercising his freedom to be a crotchety old man to whom everything on the Internet is too new, evil and scary to be constitutional.

    In addition to losing their case, the two fired deputies were promptly ordered to get off the judge's lawn.

    Photo by John Moore/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Bill of Rights, Constitution, Facebook, Internet, Laws, Police, Supreme Court, Virginia