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Here's the Guy Who Shot the Romney '47 Percent' Clip: VIDEO

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Scott Prouty was bartending the Romney fundraiser. He didn't go in with a grudge or the intent to "get Mitt Romney." Prouty says he felt an obligation to release it for the people who can't afford to pay $50,000 to hear what Romney says behind closed doors.

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Mitt and Ann Romney Talk About Being Losers in First TV Interview: VIDEO

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As I mentioned last Friday, Mitt and Ann Romney gave their first post-election TV interview on FOX News Sunday and told Chris Wallace why they lost, what it felt like, whether they think the media was in it for Obama (yes, they do), and why Ann decided to not compete on Dancing with the Stars.

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Mitt and Ann Romney Realize the Ride's Over and They're Nobodies: VIDEO

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Ann and Mitt Romney characterize their feelings about losing the election in an upcoming interview on FOX News Sunday.

Said Ann:

"In our church, we're used to serving and you know, you can be in a very high position, but you recognize you're serving. And then all of a sudden, you're released and you're nobody. And we're used to that. It was really quite a lot of energy and a lot of passion and a lot of -- a lot of people around us and all of a sudden, it was nothing."

Said Mitt:

"It's different. But it's like riding on a roller coaster. We were on a roller coaster. Exciting and thrilling, ups and downs, but the ride ends. And then you get off. And it's not like, 'oh, can't we be on a roller coaster the rest of our life?' It's like, 'no, that ride's over'.

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Lead Romney 2012 Strategist: Mitt Lost on Gay Marriage, Contraception

Romney's lead strategist Stuart Stevens writes in the Washington Post today that it wasn't the so-called "tech gap" that lost Romney the election, it was the substance of his platform:

Concession_romneyYes, the Romney campaign won seniors and lost voters under 30, though our numbers were a significant improvement from the 2008 presidential campaign. But was this a tech-driven gap or more reflective of substance?

Like most things in life, the answer is a bit of both. I don’t think it’s very controversial to suggest that a candidate who favors gay marriage and free contraception might have more appeal to a younger demographic. Does anyone want to argue that free contraception is seen as a more pressing issue to your average 21-year-old than to a 55-year-old voter, or that there are more gay rights organizations on college campuses than in VFW halls?

Likewise, why did Mitt Romney win older voters? They are more concerned with the economy than with same-sex marriage, and they are more skeptical of or opposed to Obamacare.

"Content is king" argues Stevens, and the Republican party's content at the moment, just isn't.


News: Gun Rally, Norovirus, Balkanization, 16-bit

1NewsIcon The New York Times' Charles M. Blow on the GOP's plans to discard the winner-take-all system that has been favoring Democrats: "One day I will have to visit the evil lair where they come up with these schemes.They pump them out like a factory. Voter suppression didn’t work in November, and it may even have backfired in some states, so they just devised another devilish plan."

BalkanizeAmerica1NewsIcon Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, an anti-gay Republican, also opposes the measure: "I think winner-take-all is part of how a state matters. Our side would have gotten more votes this go-around but you know I want people to want to fight to win the whole state. It makes the state as a state matter more... We need to build them up and not to Balkanize America. It's the states that created the federal government and not the other way around."

1NewsIcon And neither does Haley Barbour, the former governor of Mississippi.

1NewsIcon Good news: "Emmanuel Lutheran Church will vote Sunday to openly confirm its acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parishioners… The vote would confirm Emmanuel as a Reconciling in Christ congregation and make it the first Rockford church listed with Reconciling Works, which advocates for the full inclusion of LGBT Lutherans in all aspects of church life. Reconciling Works lists 5,893 open Lutheran congregations across the United States."

1NewsIcon Never fear, Beyoncé is on site rehearsing for her Super Bowl performance.

1NewsIcon Headline of the day: "There's Absolutely No Logical Argument Against Gay Marriage".

LambertBday1NewsIcon Runner-up: "Adam Lambert Got A Birthday Lap Dance From David Arquette Last Night".

1NewsIcon No amount of crunches can save your tummy from the norovirus: "It's here. A variant of norovirus first spotted in Australia is now sweeping the U.S. The wily virus causes stomach upset, vomiting and diarrhea. The sickness is sometimes referred to as the stomach flu, though influenza has nothing to do with it."

1NewsIcon Which "straight" actors have taken to snogging one another?

1NewsIcon New satellite technology lets us finally see what clouds are up to at night.

1NewsIcon Thousands turn out for pro-gun control rally in D.C.

1NewsIcon On her 55th birthday, 55 reasons to love Ellen DeGeneres.

1NewsIcon Troy Stevenson, the new executive director for Garden State Equality, vows to keep fighting for marriage equality there.

Daysoffuture1NewsIcon  Bryan Singer confirmed that Ellen Page and Anna Paquin have signed on to the next X-movie, "Days of Future Past," based on the classic X-Men story arc of the same name.

1NewsIcon Downton Abbey as a 16-bit Super Nintendo video game.

1NewsIcon Here's part of what President Obama said a video pre-recorded for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force annual conference: "Today you are helping lead the way to a future where everyone is treated with dignity and respect... The work will be hard, the road will be long, but I'm more confident than ever that we will reach a better future as long as Americans like you keep reaching for justice and all of us keep marching together."


President Obama Officially Sworn In For Second Term: VIDEO

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President Obama's second term has officially begun!

The president, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters joined Chief Justice John Roberts in the White House's Blue Room today for a private swearing in. The president placed his right hand on a copy of the Bible from his wife's collection as he retook the oath of office, an oath he'll take again tomorrow in front of a far larger crowd.

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