News: Romney’s Papers, Denise Rich, Scientology Ban, Alligator

Batter 1NewsIcon Jon Hamm looks fine as always representing the St. Louis Cardinals at the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.

1NewsIcon Democratic donor Denise Rich, ex-wife of Marc Rich, the investor pardoned by Bill Clinton, gave up her U.S. citizenship to catch a tax break.

1NewsIcon Tom Brady better watch out, because fellow New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski may be take over his football heart throb status.

1NewsIcon Rafael Nadal is healing himself in Spain.

1NewsIcon A teenager lost his arm after being attacked by an alligator in Florida. It could have been worse: "He's been around alligators all his life, He's smart enough, he knows if he offers him his arm, he won't take his torso. He was smart, he took the risk."

1NewsIcon Here's a not work friendly picture of actor Harry Eden's penis from the gay short Nightswimming.

1NewsIcon Absolute Deadlock: "According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney remain in a deadlocked contest, tied at 47 percent among registered voters and basically where they stood in late May. The new numbers reflect a stubborn constancy: Only twice in 13 surveys over more than a year has either candidate held a lead exceeding the poll’s margin of sampling error. Now, the campaign appears destined to remain extremely close in the final four months before Election Day."

RomneyMoney1NewsIcon Vice President Joe Biden to Mitt Romney, who continues to keep tax records to himself: "Show your papers."

1NewsIcon Mark Ruffalo looks hot everywhere and in everything.

1NewsIcon As part of his divorce settlement with Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise is reportedly forbidden from discussing Scientology with daughter Suri.

1NewsIcon Listen to "Runaways," the latest track from The Killers.

1NewsIcon Even Dear Abby knows that a man whose husband dies is still called a widower. Same-sex marriage doesn't suddenly invert gendered monikers.

1NewsIcon The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is waiting on President Obama to confirm or deny his attendance at the upcoming International AIDS Conference. "We are here to express our concern and dismay that, less than two weeks from the start of the conference, President Obama has yet to commit to attending it," said the group's general counsel, Tom Myers.

1NewsIcon LGBT activists and their allies in Dallas are planning a rally to support Beau Chandler and Mark "Major" Jimenez during their August 2 hearing about their marriage equality protest arrests.

1NewsIcon Writer and director Brian Sloan needs some financial help making a big screen adaptation of his popular teen novel Tale of Two Summers, about the relationship between gay and straight teens.

BjorkWorm21NewsIcon Bjork wore a worm dress while singing in Denmark.

1NewsIcon Sorry, Columbia, Missouri, but it is going to be 923 degrees next Monday.

1NewsIcon And yet another computer that can watch and learn from humans.

1NewsIcon Gay priest and equality activist Father Bernard Lynch confesses that he's been married to a man for 14-years and, no, it is not a celibate marriage. Even more reason for the Vatican to hate him.


  1. Bingo says

    From the way they carry on, you’d think the AIDS Healthcare Foundation had invited the Prez to speak.

    They’re a whiny 3rd party using the occasion to boost their (in)visibility.

  2. Stephen says

    I recommend not purchasing The Killers music. The frontman, Brandon Flowers, is a Mormon ( As such, he lends his moral and (if he’s devout, which would seem likely given his prominent place in the church’s PR campaign) financial support to an organization that is very active in the fight against marriage equality. It’s possible, perhaps likely, that some portion of the money consumers shell out for Killers music finds its way back to the Mormon church and into anti marriage equality campaigns.

  3. John says

    I’m not sure if the ‘Even Dear Abby’ was intended as a slight or not but, for the record, the column has been LGBTQI friendly for a very long time.

  4. dave02657 says

    Absolute Deadlock: “According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney remain in a deadlocked contest … Now, the campaign appears destined to remain extremely close in the final four months before Election Day.”

    … unmitigated garbage, Andrew; to wit:

    Obama: 297 EV
    Romney: 241 EV

    Obama Chance of Winning: 67%
    Romney: 33%

    Moreover Mr. Silver has had it that way for awhile; Mr. Silver’s eminent vitae and outstanding historical professional success is well documented:

    We would hope – indeed expect – that Towleroad would at least try and report the real narrative and not just rank, superficial assessments in order to hype the story.

  5. Ambiverbal says

    A typo on a weather graphic warrants global attention???

    Come on! Have at least as much respect for your role as news aggregator as your readership has. That bit had as much news value as belly button lint.

  6. Jack M says

    The story in the link said it’s rare for wild alligators to bite people. Really? How smart do you think that kid was to swim with alligators in the first place?

  7. andrew says

    Do Scientologists believe that they can change a piece of bread into the creator of the billion gallaxy universe? If not, they are not nearly as crazy as Roman Catholics.

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