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RoadObama administration to drop "public option" on health care: "Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that government alternative to private health insurance is 'not the essential element' of the administration's health care overhaul. The White House would be open to co-ops, she said, a sign that Democrats want a compromise so they can declare a victory." Re-branding?

Coltonhaynes RoadActor Colton Haynes to play 17-year-old a-hole in Look.

RoadFormer House Majority leader Tom DeLay to join new season of Dancing with the Stars. Full cast here.

RoadMumbai celebrates Gay Pride following Indian ruling decriminalizing gay sex.

RoadBritain's Ministry of Defence releases new batch of UFO files: "The 14 files released today by the National Archives include more than 800 sightings reported between 1993 and 1996, and contain more than 4,000 pages of material dating back to 1981."

RoadHere's a profile on the judge hearing the federal court case challenging Proposition 8. L.A. Times agrees with Equality California's decision to battle Prop 8 in 2012 rather than 2010. Groups split...

RoadKate Winslet signs on for Todd Haynes miniseries adaptation of Mildred Pierce.

RoadRobert Downey Jr. to take on the role of Vampire Lestat?

RoadMadonna spends 51st birthday with  her children — Lourdes, David, Mercy, and Jesus.

Anchorage RoadAnchorage mayor to decide fate of anti-discrimination ordinance...

RoadTransgender woman sexually assaulted, beaten, in Trinidad, Colorado: "According to the police report obtained by the Chieftain, the attacker saw the woman in the lobby of the hotel and followed her back to her room. She did not let him in, but he later returned and forced his way in, sexually assaulted her, then tried to drown her in the bathtub and electrocute her by dropping a hair dryer into the bathtub. The victim reported that the attacker used anti-gay slurs as he attacked her."

RoadGay Boston news anchor Randy Price to lead Provincetown Carnival parade.

Marilynmonroe RoadBe Marilyn Monroe's dead neighbor.

RoadMale model fix: Gabriel Zadok Everett.

RoadIn honor of Madonna's 51st birthday, Film Experience takes a look at Madge's work on the silver screen.

RoadJezebel editor blames gay men for fashion industry woes: "I think that gay men are actually the most to blame for many of the problems in the fashion industry, like the absence of womanly curves on the runway, and the hideous, figure-assaulting trend that is the tent dress, which no women who have tits, and no straight men who have an appreciation for tits, have any use for."

RoadBroward County Deputee, who targeted Hispanic men in order to sexually abuse them, had a history of complaints which were ignored.

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  1. "Not the essential element" my arse. Just keep on selling out, Mr President. Keep proving the nay-sayers right as you suck the lobbyists' teats.

    Posted by: Donovan | Aug 17, 2009 3:41:45 PM

  2. At least that horrible feminist blog Jezebel now considers gay men equal to straight ones : equal of contempt.

    Posted by: JT | Aug 17, 2009 3:46:40 PM

  3. Do people still read the LA times? They are as clueless as Equality California.

    Join Courage Campaign for 2010!

    Posted by: TomRey001 | Aug 17, 2009 4:03:32 PM

  4. Sorry, Joan C. broad-shouldered her way through a classically melodramatic "Mildred Pierce" and ain't nobody gonna do that campy story better.

    Kate Winslet? Really? No, no, no, no...

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 17, 2009 4:03:46 PM

  5. Obama Care, New and Improved Version 2.0

    "My pledge is to do the opposite of whatever it is I promised you last summer."

    Sounds like gay rights all over again.

    Posted by: John | Aug 17, 2009 4:06:30 PM

  6. God help us, Downey Jr. is a talented actor, but he is wrong, wrong, *wrong* for Lestat.


    Posted by: Jordan | Aug 17, 2009 4:07:40 PM

  7. The white house claims sebelius went off script and it is not the position of the president.

    Not hopeful though with Rahmbo wanting to strong arm 64 progressive dems in the house who refuse to vote for anything without a public option as vs just 3-4 senators who say they will vote against anything with a public option.

    Rhambo is supposed to be smarter than that. Twisting the arms of 64 in house vs 3-4 in senate??? Not realistic and if true then one wonders who lobnotomized Rhambo

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Aug 17, 2009 4:18:06 PM

  8. PS

    Looking back at the Obama stimulus (as vs Bush stimulus) the white house compromised on everything for repubs and gave them everything they wanted. repbs still said no so they scraped it and put out a more dem heavy version of the stimulus

    one wonders if they are doing the same on HCR

    compromise on everything and when repubs screach they still won't for what they claim they want then scrap it and do everything dems want = public option etc

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Aug 17, 2009 4:19:58 PM

  9. The public option is not dead yet.

    Posted by: Wes | Aug 17, 2009 4:47:56 PM

  10. That model's pictures are awful. clearly he wasn't listening to the criticism they gave him on make me a supermodel this season.

    Posted by: Dan B | Aug 17, 2009 5:25:43 PM

  11. The Republican response to Obama's grand conciliatory gesture?

    A collective yawn. They're still going to vote against it. They're still going to send their minions to disrupt meetings. They're still going to run the misinformation and attack ads.

    This is hilarious. Obama just gave away the whole farm and the GOP still isn't going to support him. You gotta love the White House's unique brand of bipartisanship. The president as the new Roosevelt? He's more like the new Jimmy Carter thus far.

    Posted by: John | Aug 17, 2009 6:16:49 PM

  12. A retrospective of Madonna's filmwork is an HONOR? Turning 51 and then this at the same time? Sounds more like an attempt to humiliate her...though she probably doesn't see it that way. Poor, vain thing. Or is it poor, veiny thing?

    Posted by: paul c | Aug 17, 2009 6:44:58 PM

  13. I tend to agree that the Prez is probably going to screw the rethugs in the end.

    Pardon the pun.

    Posted by: derek washington | Aug 17, 2009 6:48:55 PM

  14. Did I just read that because the folks who screwed up the first time don't want to play this time that no one can use the playground?


    Posted by: derek washington | Aug 17, 2009 6:57:31 PM

  15. re: Tracy Egan's comments

    The only thing worthwhile coming from that SlutMachine is Pot Psychology.

    Posted by: FrancoisTrueFaux | Aug 17, 2009 11:55:43 PM

  16. Jesus, if you're pissed of with the nut-less Democrats and the President, tell them so! If you're too lazy to mail a letter or call you can e-mail them! Demand socialized medicine, demand the repeal of DOMA, demand the end of DADT!

    Sheesh! It's not that hard!

    Posted by: Wheezy | Aug 18, 2009 1:17:19 AM

  17. Not the most important story in this roundup, I know - but what exactly is Jezebel smoking? If gay men really were (even more) running the fashion world, every woman in the world would be dressed like Joan Crawford (and not Kate Winslet), the Queen Mother, or Divine. Or all three, at once.

    And none of that has anything to do with size-zero clothes, tent dresses, or lack of tits. We love tits; we just don't necessarily need them on those we sleep with...

    Posted by: Muscato | Aug 18, 2009 9:01:30 AM

  18. They fucked up Queen of the Damned and now they are going to do it again. Robert Downey Jr? Has the casting director even read the books?

    Posted by: Andy | Aug 18, 2009 9:46:41 AM

  19. I'm sorry but the Obama Administration is really disappointing me ...

    I really don't think they can find their ass with both hands at this point.

    No public option? WTF ?

    Posted by: chapeau | Aug 18, 2009 1:15:03 PM

  20. As per usual, media-driven sensationalism and reading into every inch of an Obama statement as a policy change. My god, when will it all end?

    Posted by: jjasonham | Aug 18, 2009 10:54:38 PM

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