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1NewsIcon Mitt Romney claims he pays at least a 13% tax rate. From the GOP presidential hopeful: "I did go back and look at my taxes, and, over the past 10 years, I never paid less than 13 percent... Every year, I paid at least 13 percent, and if you add in, in addition, the amount that goes to charity, the number gets well above 20 percent."

Arrowposter1NewsIcon A shirtless Stephen Amell gets me even more excited for the CW's Arrow.

1NewsIcon 84% of New Yorkers couldn't give a hoot whether or not our next mayor is gay or lesbian.

1NewsIcon Whet your appetite for British period drama with the Downton Abbey season 3 trailer.

1NewsIcon One trick pony Rick Santorum will try to rally conservatives against marriage equality in Washington State.

1NewsIcon The Ukrainian Moral Commission has decided that Spongebob Squarepants is gay and therefore unfit for television.

1NewsIcon Thoughts on the late Gore Vidal's legacy: "It is difficult to overstate the courage Vidal demonstrated in publishing 'The City and the Pillar' in his early years as a writer. At that time, homosexuality was both a crime and, in the eyes of the medical establishment, a debilitating 'disease' — as well as the great American taboo. But honesty, both intellectual and moral, was an innate Vidal quality all his life — he always said and wrote exactly what he thought, no matter what the cost.

1NewsIcon Local governments are using eminent domain to help rescue residents from underwater mortgages. Could this be just the tool needed to turn solve the nation's property-related problems? From NBC News: "Critics say seizing individual properties would benefit only the homeowners who gets a break on their loan balance. But proponents counter that local mortgage seizures would serve the public good because they would help boost local housing markets and speed economic recovery."

1NewsIcon Anderson Cooper is still on vacation with Kelly Ripa as rumors continue to swirl that he booted boyfriend Ben Maisani after Maisani kissed another man.

Jausten1NewsIcon Congratulations to Jane Austen and Sir Walter Scott! A Google-derived algorithm decided they are the most influential Victorian novelists.

1NewsIcon Great Britain is pretty "disappointed" after Ecuador granted Wikileaks leader Julian Assange political asylum.

1NewsIcon As part of their effort to oust Colorado House Speaker Frank McNulty, the Republican who single-handedly squashed civil unions there, the group Fight Back Colorado is asking readers to pick the lawmaker's next profession: Chick-fil-A jockey; spin class instructor, because of all the spin he puts on his hateful politics; or undertaker, "because he killed the civil unions bill—and 30 other important bills in the process".

1NewsIcon Jodie Foster has Kristen Stewart's back.

1NewsIcon Cheyenne Jackson sits down with David Mixner to discuss a variety of topics, including his forthcoming Broadway show alongside Henry Winkler: "In my Broadway play coming up [The Performers], I have some dialogue and some costumes that are gonna take some real cojones to say and wear without some initial embarrassment. But that's why I do what I do. Cuz if something scares you, it means you should do it. Again, thank you Oprah."

Solarfilament1NewsIcon A new report that will shape the next decade of scientific research "emphasizes the need for research to better understand the sun, how it interacts with Earth and other bodies in the solar system, and the origins of potentially harmful space weather..."

1NewsIcon Former reality star Lauren Conrad took down this video of her destroying books because it rightfully upset people.

1NewsIcon Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine claims President Obama staged recent mass shootings, including the one in Aurora, Colorado, so that he can destroy gun rights.

1NewsIcon Let us not play the blame game with the FRC shooting.

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  1. Good for Ecuador. The obsession with Assange is pathetic...it seems to the rest of the world like the death throes of American exceptionalism. It was the military brass being lax about SCIF security that caused the leak in the first place...never mind letting an insecure and troubled young man have access to the material. (who's already received enough punishment for what he did)

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 16, 2012 5:30:22 PM

  2. Charity. Taxes. Two different things.

    Posted by: lightblueleft | Aug 16, 2012 5:30:23 PM

  3. Charity? You mean the money you give to the Mormon church? OH PLEASE!

    Posted by: WHAT? | Aug 16, 2012 5:33:07 PM

  4. Now that Anderson Cooper's relationship is front page news this is the reason he didn't want to come out...and become the News.

    Posted by: gb | Aug 16, 2012 5:56:04 PM

  5. Well, the Anderson Cooper tale just speaks volumes about "gay" male life. It underscores the futility of trying to emulate the "absolute sexual monogamy" that heterosexuals aspire to--largely because it is what women want and demand and is therefore a model that does not fit male-male relationships (which is why marriage equality is such a strange quest for gay men to be devoting such efforts to).

    On the other hand, emotional "monogamy" is attainable in male-male relationships, but does not often happen because "gay" men simply do not generally know how to focus their emotions (as opposed to their sexual desires) on another man rather than on women--which is symptomized by the photo of Anderson with Ripa--undoubtedly, like many gay men, his real emotional fealty is to women rather than to men.....and this is why he has trouble carrying on a relationship with a man.

    A big ole mess that demonstrates once again the need for a total overhaul of the male culture and the gay male culture along with it.....

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 16, 2012 5:59:50 PM

  6. The mormon church is a charity just as much is that bear trap he married is a woman

    Posted by: Bob | Aug 16, 2012 6:00:05 PM

  7. Congratulations indeed, because apparently according to the algorithm used in the literature sample, anything published between 1780 and 1900 can now be called "Victorian," despite Victoria not acceding to the throne until 1837. Indeed, both Austen and Scott were both well dead, by twenty and five years respectively, before Victoria became queen.

    My friends who study eighteenth century literature are doubtless furious over this. :)

    Posted by: Arkadin | Aug 16, 2012 6:00:37 PM

  8. @Arkadin I had the same thought, myself. And the REAL powerhouses of late 19th Century literature were Russian, not English, regardless (Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky. Turgenev)

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 16, 2012 6:04:09 PM

  9. Oh man, the blowhard is at it again! Rick quit painting everybody with the same broad brush. Ugh.

    Posted by: WHAT? | Aug 16, 2012 6:09:43 PM

  10. Anderson should kick that guy to curb and date me!

    Posted by: napro | Aug 16, 2012 6:09:45 PM

  11. Calling money that you give to your church "charity," particularly when it's a mandatory tithe as it with Mormons, is ridiculous and it should be challenged when people say it. It was reported the other day that the LDS church takes in over 7 Billion dollars a YEAR, so I don't think they really need your "charity," Mitt.

    There are plenty of people and causes who do, but they all tend to fall into groups you don't give 2 shizz about.

    Posted by: Caliban | Aug 16, 2012 6:16:19 PM

  12. mitt didn't say FEDERAL INCOME tax

    13% based on his own words and with no proof to back it up = sales tax+ real estate tax+ etc...

    The burden of proof is on mittens = show Us your returns

    Posted by: say what | Aug 16, 2012 6:17:34 PM

  13. so Mitt paid 13% in taxes last yearI paid 26%...I also donate to charities...and so at the end a working guy pays more just because I'm not making millions..intersting

    Posted by: Derek | Aug 16, 2012 6:20:25 PM

  14. That "Arrow" stud is must watch tv

    Posted by: jaragon | Aug 16, 2012 6:22:25 PM

  15. oh and I can't get into green arrow because


    Once you have seen stephen amell in screamers II the hunting and named "GUY" LOL sorry, just can't get into him. The movie ruined me

    Posted by: say what | Aug 16, 2012 6:22:55 PM

  16. Is Andy so bad to realize that "Arrow" guy is all CGI, not even photoshopped?

    Posted by: Sam | Aug 16, 2012 6:28:15 PM

  17. Anderson should date someone like David Muir of ABC news. That would be a nice match.

    Britain is disappointed? F**K Britain.

    Mitt paid 13% in taxes? I'm married, taxed as a single man and have paid as high as 28%. F**K Romney!

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Aug 16, 2012 7:04:06 PM

  18. 13%? Wow, that must really hurt! Most regular folk pay a heck of a lot more than that! Maybe this year's Labor Day Telethon should be held for Mitt instead!

    Posted by: WHAT? | Aug 16, 2012 7:19:14 PM

  19. If Romnoid's total tax burden was 13% (income, CAPITAL GAINS, property) at all levels (local, county, state, federal) then his federal income tax rate must be in the single digits.

    And his religious write-off got him to 20%? Then he's not even tithing (even if you base it on his net rather than his gross).

    And just how did his IRA get millions of dollars in it if he's been funding it according to IRS limits?

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Aug 16, 2012 8:12:04 PM

  20. Romney....13% is way less than I pay. I can't give enough to charity to be eligible for write-offs; I don't have enough money to hide in the Caymans, I don't have enough money to even buy a house. You are a cheat, liar, fraud and ammoral.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Aug 16, 2012 8:23:44 PM

  21. What Mitts mean by charities is that he outsourced jobs to 3rd World countries to help the poor there.

    Posted by: simon | Aug 16, 2012 10:09:20 PM

  22. Now that Mitt-wit has confirmed his tax rate, everything is out in the open. He shouldn't have any problem, now, disclosing his tax returns, right? ...unless there's something else he's hiding...oh, I got it now. The tax rate isn't the only bombshell in those old returns.

    Posted by: Mitch | Aug 16, 2012 11:30:20 PM

  23. Harry Reid now has the most authoritative source. Instead of saying "Mitt paid no tax". Just change it a little by saying "Mitt paid only 13% tax".

    Posted by: simon | Aug 17, 2012 12:02:24 AM

  24. Romney does NOT give money to charity. He gives money to the Mormon church. The Mormon church only gives 0.7% of its money to charity. Unlike the Mormons, Christians give a lot of money to charity. The Methodist Church gives 29% of its money to charity, other Mainline Protestant churches give over 30% of their money to charity, Catholic churches give over 20%, and even Evangelical churches often give over 10%. These data are based on a study by Free Inquiry and also described by Business Week at http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-07-10/how-the-mormons-make-money .

    Posted by: DB | Aug 17, 2012 12:19:35 PM

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