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Rep. Todd Akin: I Will Outlaw Things I Know Nothing About (VIDEO)


The biggest practical problem with letting elected officials meddle in people's personal lives is this: They often don't know anything about the things with which they're meddling.

AFTER THE JUMP, hear US Rep. Todd Akin, a Republican of Missouri, defend the outlawing of the morning-after pill, which he insists causes abortions, which it does not. (Rather, it prevents fertilization from occurring in the first place. It takes a while for even a very determined sperm to rendezvous with a willing and waiting egg.) 

Rep. Akin has just become the Republican nominee bound to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill in November. Sen. McCaskill was a vocal proponent of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and is currently engaged in an Obamaesque evolution on marriage equality. Rep. Akin is undergoing no such evolution -- he thinks marriage equality is likely to destroy civilization.

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NEWS: Spice Girls, Speed Levitch, And A Fierce Russian Homophobe


Towleroad-roadicon The Olympics' gayest team gets gold.

Towleroad-roadicon Hilton Als on the death of David Rakoff:

I met David at Columbia, when it was an all-boys school. We were both students then. This was in the early-to-mid nineteen-eighties, and to say that gay men were interested in, and terrified of, one another back then is to reduce the horror of the time ... I stayed away from David, because of the sadness I saw in his eyes; I didn’t think I could take it. His sadness felt like the sadness I felt wandering through a world of broken bodies, dashed hopes, possibilities extinguished.

Years later, I was re-introduced to David by a colleague at The New Yorker. His eyes were different: the world had taken some note of his gifts, and there was a light behind the sadness. One felt he couldn’t believe his good fortune ...

Towleroad-roadicon "If The Sikh Temple Had Been a Mosque."

Towleroad-roadicon Newly-invented particles will oxygenate your blood when you can't breathe:

The particles are composed of oxygen gas pocketed in a layer of lipids, a natural molecule that usually stores energy or serves as a component to cell membranes. Lipids can be waxes, some vitamins, monoglycerides, diglycerides, triglycerides, phospholipids, or—as in this case—fats.

These fatty oxygen particles are about two to four micrometers in size ...

Towleroad-roadicon Dancing With The Stars' Derek Hough does not like being photographed at gay bars.

Towleroad-roadicon The Spice Girls are reuniting tomorrow.

Towleroad-roadicon A good analysis of the Ryan pick from John Dickerson.

Towleroad-roadicon Did this fey young Warhol wannabe grow up to be Russia's most ridiculous antigay polician?

Speed Towleroad-roadicon Yes -- the music that introduced Mitt Romney this morning really was the theme from Air Force One. Learn this and more at Wonkette, which delivered probably the media's best and most spot-on blow-by-blow of this morning's pageantry:

First, Romney walked out to the soundtrack from Air Force One, which increased his foreign policy experience by nearly 75%. He was very happy to be able to announce Paul Ryan as a game-changer policy wonk Young Gun political outsider thing. Paul Ryan is a 14-year Congressman who has basically not stepped foot outside of the District of Columbia since he could rent a car without a co-signer. Romney awkwardly introduced Ryan as “the next President of the United States,” but then smoothly corrected himself by putting his arm around Ryan’s shoulder and grinning through a really painful explanation of how Romney made a mistake, but not in selecting Paul Ryan, because (chuckle), um, because ...

Towleroad-roadicon If you haven't met the avant-garde tour guide Speed Levitch before -- say, in Waking Life, a movie he stopped in its tracks with a crazy tour of the Brooklyn Bridge, which explained the meaning of life, the mystery of self-awareness, and Lorca -- then please do so AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Irish Town Goes Berserk After Female Boxer Wins Country's First Gold Medal of the 2012 Olympics: VIDEO


Boxer Katie Taylor of Bray in County Wicklow, Ireland won the country's first gold medal of the London Olympics. Her hometown went appropriately nuts!


Writes the videographer: "Prior to this, Katie Taylor has won 4 World Amateur Championship titles, 5 European Amateur Championship titles and 4 European Union Amateur Championship titles. But, the one she always wanted, Olympic Champion, was only made possible this year with the inclusion of Women's boxing in London2012."

(via reddit)

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'Daily Show' Examines Henrik Rummel Crotch Controversy: VIDEO


American rower Henrik Rummel became more famous for his shorts than the bronze medal he and his team won in London this week.

AFTER THE JUMP, Jon Stewart and Al Madrigal from The Daily Show discuss the hard facts about this anatomical mystery.

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When Matthew Mitcham Met Danell Leyva: PHOTO


A match made in Olympic heaven?

Morning Stretch with U.S. Gymnast Danell Leyva


Olympic gymnast Danell Leyva flexes for a new Lifestyle Miami shoot and interview.


And more at the source.

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