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1NewsIcon The CDC now says the 90 people are infected with meningitis in a contaminated steroid pain treatment.

Bigbird1NewsIcon Big Bird doesn't want to "ruffle any feathers" on SNL's Weekend Update.

1NewsIcon Asked to explain why Rep. Paul Broun, a doctor who sits on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, would call evolution "lies from the pits of hell," the Republican's spokesperson said, "Dr. Broun was speaking off the record to a large church group about his personal beliefs regarding religious issues."

1NewsIcon Liam Neeson's Taken 2 topped at the box office with about $50 million nationwide.

1NewsIcon British Foreign Secretary William Hague and financial chancellor George Osborne both said they will back a marriage equality law when given the opportunity to vote on it in Parliament.

1NewsIcon In other, less pressing British activism news, there's a campaign to preserve that country's version of Fraggle Rock.

1NewsIcon Voting for a losing candidate has been shown to lower testosterone levels in men. "Is it possible voting makes male voters too vulnerable? Could the unpleasant feelings male voters experience when their candidates lose discourage them from revisiting the polls? No wonder they stop voting. It hurts too much."

Beckswork1NewsIcon This is David Beckham's work attire.

1NewsIcon Check out stills of Jessica Biel and Scarlett Johansson channeling Vera Miles and Janet Leigh, respectively, for Hitchcock.

1NewsIcon Failed president candidate Newt Gingrich says that former GE CEO Jack Welch's theory that the latest job numbers were fabricated to benefit the president "rings true". Obama adviser Robert Gibbs described that assertion as "absolutely crazy" and says Welch "embarrassed himself."

1NewsIcon David Axelrod says that President Obama was surprised by Mitt Romney's "brazenness" during the first presidential debate.

1NewsIcon From a New York Times article called "Helping a Child to Come Out": "In our family, we knew that Joseph was probably gay, and we saw in problems he was having at school that he was under psychological pressure... But we were reluctant to force him out of his closet. We asked our gay friends what they would have wanted at Joe’s age. They confirmed: don’t push, unless Joe seemed to be in real distress. It’s his secret to reveal, they said." That echoes what Sally Field said at HRC's dinner last night.

1NewsIcon Patrick Abner on his recent marriage to MSNBC's Thomas Roberts: "I never imagined in a million years that I would be on a stage kissing my male partner, spouse — husband, Thomas is saying — in front of my father. I never thought that would be the case. And to be able to do that and have not just my father but my whole family be proud of me, that’s something special."

1NewsIcon Gas prices in California have hit a record-high average of $4.6140.

1NewsIcon Journalist Mark Oppenheimer has penned an e-book about LGBT activist and fellow journalist Dan Savage. "Never before have we glimpsed Savage’s whole life, from his Catholic-school days, raised by a Chicago cop and a housewife, to his current role as a unique American character," reads the Amazon description.

Spacex1NewsIcon SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will launch its Dragon supply unit into the stars and toward the international space station tonight, marking a potentially seismic step forward for extraterrestrial travel.

1NewsIcon Richard Tisei, the openly gay Republican congressional candidate from Massachusetts, dismissed incumbent John Tierney comparisons between his politics and the Tea Party's. "I’m the only gay, pro-choice Republican who wouldn’t sign the [Grover] Norquist pledge" he told the Washington Blade. "I don’t think [Tierny] realized how much he’s damaged his own credibility. Rather than talking about what he’s done over a 16-year period. Trying to paint me as some type of Right Wing extremist is just so off-the-wall that it damages his own credibility."

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  1. Not to be a nag, but that image of the rocket is incorrect. That's an image of the 3-stage Falcon 9 Heavy Lift...which hasn't been built yet. The photo should be of a 1-stage Falcon 9. ;)

    Posted by: Mark | Oct 7, 2012 7:06:11 PM


  2. can't imagine what happens to testosterone levels when their football team loses

    Posted by: t | Oct 7, 2012 8:40:09 PM


  3. Robert Gibbs is absolutely correct about Welch...who certainly knows his way around erroneous arithmetic. When I worked for NBC, Welch's employee incentive program consisted of giving a 100% amount of money to a department to be divided up as the Director of that department saw fit. If the Director liked you (not necessarily based on your work, but a personable liking--meaning "managing up" to the Director), they would give you a percentage of that 100% as an incentive gift. If the Director felt they were the only one worth getting the incentive, they would keep it all--which in the Department I worked in was the always the case. It was the opposite of incentive--it made people care less about doing their job because they knew there was no point in working hard.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Oct 7, 2012 8:50:40 PM


  4. Mittsy is ALL brazenness. He's become wholly comfortable with bullying and aggressive flouting of rules and common courtesy all his life. He is, after all, on the god-track.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Oct 7, 2012 10:50:26 PM


  5. No wonder they stop voting. It hurts too much."

    Posted by: Yan Holguin | Oct 8, 2012 3:13:13 AM


  6. @Yan Holguin: Since T's theory has also been validated by research, one would expect that men do not care about the outcomes of sports events. Now, apply the same logic to voting.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 8, 2012 9:51:52 AM


  7. We should just drop the pretense of David Beckham being an athlete as opposed to a model and shill. In fact, for most of his career, football seems to be last thing on people's mind when it comes to him.

    Posted by: ah123 | Oct 9, 2012 12:22:38 PM


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