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John Oliver Proposes That Anderson Cooper Is Actually Dorian Gray

Screenshot 2014-07-24 13.41.16If John Oliver is to be believed then Anderson Cooper is to covering the war in Gaza what Dorian Gray was the painting in his attic. Sunday’s Last Week Tonight pointed out Cooper’s impressive, if eerie, lack of apparent aging over the years that the journalist has been reporting from the Middle East.

“How does he still look the same?” Oliver pondered to his audience. “Somehow in five years this situation has not improved, and [Cooper’s] face has lost none of its virile yet tender magnetism.”

Check out a clip of Oliver's analysis AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEWS: Turner Field, Drug Sentences, The Deficit, Clinton 2016, Musicians, and Superheroes

 Road President Obama has announced the leader of its new independent committee that will be investigating potential ethics violations by the nation's surveillance programs. At the head of the committee is James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence who has already previously misled Congress. Turnerfield

Road A Georgia man fell to his death last night at Atlanta's Turner Field during a match-up between the Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies. 

Road US Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that he will work to cut mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenses, stating that "too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long."

Road Current peace talks taking place between Israel and Palestine are facing potential problems as 26 long-term prisoners were moved by Israeli officials shortly before their release.

 Road North Dakota's U.S. attorney Timothy Purdon addressed a crowd of hundreds during a recent joint Pride Celebration hosted by Fargo and Moorhead, MN. During his impassioned speech, he told the state's LGBT citizens point-blank: "you have an ally". 

Road The U.S. Government announced yesterday that its budget deficit through July of next year will be 37.6 percent, and that the budget starting in September 2014 is on its way to having the smallest deficit in five years. 

Road Rihanna and Katy Perry recently reunited during a restaurant opening in NYC. No word yet as to whether there were any more "quasi-bi" antics this time around. 

Road Anthony Weiner, intentionally or not, teased a 2016 bid by Hillary Clinton for President of the United States, telling Buzzfeed that he "knows his wife's role" in the upcoming campaign. 

Road Adele is currently in talks to make a cameo appearance in Mathew Vaughn's upcoming film The Secret Service. If successful, she will be appearing in the film alongside David Beckham and Elton John. 

Road Those wishing to partake of fried food without the sting of racism can breathe a little easier

Road The Wanted released a new music video. Apparently, they also own the night. Who knew? Batman Wedding

Road Lady Gaga committed another possible fashion faux-pas in her quest to obtain even more "Applause". 

Road Meanwhile, Madonna was possibly channelling her uber-butch self a little too much during a recent paintball game. 

Road Breaking Bad continues with its ultra-violent final season.

Road Robert Downey, Jr continues to roll in it after new endorsement deals follow him after his successes with The Avengers and Iron Man 3

Road Torn between you love for your hubby and your love for Batman? Can't decide how to properly honor them both. Just do what these two guys did!


Many Injured After Terror Attack Targets Bus in Tel Aviv: VIDEO

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At least 21 have been injured in a bus attack in Tel Aviv, the first terror attack there since 2006, according to live reports. The attack has set off another round of Israeli air strikes in Gaza. The Guardian reports that more than 130 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict.

The NYT:

The explosion came as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pursued diplomatic efforts to end the fighting. She planned to fly to Cairo Wednesday after talks with Israeli leaders in Jersualem and Palestinian leaders in the West Bank.

On several occasions since the latest conflagration seized Gaza last week, militants have aimed rockets at Tel Aviv but they have either fallen short, landed in the sea or been intercepted. Hundreds of rockets fired by militants in Gaza have struck other targets.

But the bombing seemed to mark the first time in the current fighting that violence had spread directly onto the streets of Tel Aviv.

A video report on the bus, AFTER THE JUMP...

In other news, Gay Star News reports that a gay Palestinian couple have been killed in the conflict:

The two men, one aged 21 the other 31 years-old, were spending time in their apartment on Friday evening (16 November), when a bomb hit the apartment building. The two were killed on the spot.

Amnesty has so far estimated that at least 66 innocent Palestinian civilians killed by the Israel's military operation ‘Pillar of Cloud’ that launched on 14 November, with many more wounded and made homeless.

A Palestinian lesbian activist reported that several of her family members were gravely wounded by the Israeli bombardment on Monday (19 November). They were so badly wounded that they had to be taken to Cairo for medical treatment where they are struggling for their lives.

Several Palestinian gay activists have confirmed the two incidents.

A video report on the bus, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rocket Interceptions Provide Eerie Backdrop to Israeli Wedding: VIDEO

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An Israeli wedding video posted to YouTube shows missile defense taking out inbound Hamas rockets while a female cover version of Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning" plays languidly in the background and the sounds of guests are heard reacting.

Via Reddit:

Sirens interrupted a wedding in the city of Beersheba (about 25 miles from Gaza) and a photographer caught a barrage of rockets on video. You can also see about a dozen Iron Dome interceptions. This may even be a different view of the same volley of rockets shown in the OP's video, although I'm not certain.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Meanwhile, signs are mounting of a possible Israeli invasion of Gaza:

Fighting between the two sides escalated sharply Thursday with a first-ever militant attack on the Tel Aviv area, menacing Israel's heartland. No casualties were reported, but three people died in the country's rocket-scarred south when a projectile slammed into an apartment building.

The death toll in the densely populated Palestinian territory climbed to 19, including five children according to Palestinian health officials, as waves of Israeli fighter planes and drones sent missiles hurtling down on suspected weapons stores and rocket-launching sites.

The U.S. Senate has expressed its support for Israel:

The bipartisan resolution, with 62 Senators as co-sponsors joining the two, expressed firm support for Israel’s “inherent right to act in self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism.”

"As a bipartisan group of Senators committed to Israel's security, we express our solidarity with Israel during this deeply challenging period and denounce the reprehensible and indiscriminate rocket attacks launched by Hamas and Islamic Jihad against innocent Israeli citizens," the senators said in a joint statement. 
 
"These statements demonstrate that America continues to firmly stand with Israel and her right to defend herself," it said. "No nation can tolerate constant barrages of rockets against its civilian population."

Egypt has sent its Prime Minister Hesham Kandil, to Gaza as a show of solidarity:

The move prompted Israel to agree to a temporary, though flawed, cease-fire even as it sent armored vehicles toward Gaza and called up reservists for a possible invasion.

The frail truce barely took root. Even as Prime Minister Hesham Kandil of Egypt arrived in Gaza, Israel Radio said Palestinian militants fired 25 rockets into southern Israel, with one rocket striking a house There were no immediate reports of casualties.

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