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Watch: Rachel Maddow Rips Santorum's Hypocrisy on Weiner Scandal


Rachel Maddow won't let Rick Santorum call for Anthony Weiner's resignation without reminding everyone that Santorum covered for Senator John Ensign when his mistress wanted to go public with their affair.


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Watch: Rachel Maddow on the Resignation of 'Family Values' Republican John Ensign, in 12 Days


Adulterous, anti-gay "family values" Senator John Ensign will resign in 12 days, many months after his affair, months that have been filled with behind-the-scenes corruption and ethics investigations. Maddow talks with journalist Jon Ralston who broke the story of Ensign's resignation.

Rachel Maddow on the surprise announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: John Ensign, LGBT Comics, West Hollywood, Grindr

Beck_crying-16a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wi West Hollywood in flux: "An uncommonly bitter [City Council] election has exposed a growing divide over what West Hollywood should represent, with prosperity and urban development pitted against the city’s history as a countercultural haven."

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wi Are Glenn Beck's days at Fox News numbered?: "Since last August, when he summoned more than 100,000 followers to the Washington mall for the 'Restoring Honor' rally, Mr. Beck has lost over a third of his audience on Fox — a greater percentage drop than other hosts at Fox... The erosion is significant enough that Fox News officials are willing to say — anonymously, of course; they don’t want to be identified as criticizing the talent — that they are looking at the end of his contract in December and contemplating life without Mr. Beck."

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wi Miley Cyrus tries her hand at drag by impersonating Justin Bieber on Saturday Night Live.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wi Immigration officials will soon force a gay Maryland to turn over his long-time boyfriend for deportation. Inequality in action, America!

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wi Republican Nevada Sen. John Ensign, perhaps best known for sleeping with his chief of staff's wife and then covering it up, will retire, rather than seek reelection. That, as Tea Party adherents would say, is just common sense.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wi Enter: A month of LGBT comic book reviews.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wi Actor Shiloh Fernandez will appear in Red Riding Hood, and I imagine he'll also be making cameos in many, many fantasies.

Britney_Madonna6a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wiFor those of you interested in sexy technology news, you may be happy to hear that Grindr, the app that takes the fun out of gaydar by locating nearby members looking for some fun, can now be downloaded for the Android.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wi Social conservative activist Ralph Reed says he and his ideological peers want a presidential nominee who "thinks that social [issues] shouldn’t ride in the back of the bus." Of course they do.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wi In other non-surprising news, the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition won't let gay GOP nominee Fred Karger speak at their event tonight.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wi French filmmaker Michel Gondry gets back to his roots with a Living Sisters' music video.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wi Madonna and Britney Spears will appear on alternate covers for Out's "ladies we love" issue.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wi A 16-year old boy has been arrested for attacking his gay classmate.

Stipe_Michael 6a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wi Conservative Baptist leaders are finally starting to understand that old saying, "We're here, we're queer, get used it," although that doesn't mean they're particularly gay about it.

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wi “On a sliding scale of sexuality I'd place myself around 80-20, but I definitely prefer men to women,” says R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe about his sexuality. "I hate and refuse to apply the term bisexual to myself. It doesn't seem appropriate. It feels like just another label.”

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wi George Michael took his drug-related prison stint with a smile: "This was a hugely shameful thing to have done repeatedly. So karmically I felt like I had a bill to pay. I went to prison, I paid my bill."

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e309b456970b-800wi Things you don't want to know about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Sen. John Ensign Has 'Concern' Over 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal


The Nevada Republican tells the Washington Blade:

“The problem is you can’t go out and say to the military chiefs, ‘We’re going to survey you and see what you all think,’ and then you pass the bill to repeal it. So the study should come first and then you can talk about the repeal or not of ['Don't Ask, Don't Tell']. So, yes, it is a concern simply because the study’s not done.”

As for the timeline of the bill and/or a possible filibuster:

“First of all, we’re not going to do the bill right now. We’ll see whether we do it before we leave in October or after we leave....There’s other problems in the bill as well, so I don’t know [about a filibuster]. We’re just going to have to wait and see [under] what conditions the bill is brought up and if they keep the language in there.”

Not to be forgotten — this is a man facing a criminal investigation with regard to an affair with a staffer.

News: Senators Do the Darnedest Things, The Jackson 3 & A New Zealand Travesty


 roadIn honor of Bruno's opening today, check out this love him/hate him piece from the New York Daily News. "Show me someone who's really offended by [the character] Bruno and I'll show you a highly self-righteous person," says psychiatrist Mark Goulston.

ALeqM5gSdfXwCvGxNHGFuHjtXFjFJlJIuQ  roadPresident Obama met with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. (Pictured: Obama being greeted by Bishop James Harvey.) Despite their differences (to put it mildly) on abortion and stem cell research (and don't forget the gays), Obama thanked the Pope for receiving him and said, "It's a great honor."

 roadSenator Roland Burris, controversially appointed by then-Governor Rod Blagojevich to fill a vacancy in the Illinois Senate created by the election of President Barack Obama, will reportedly not seek a full term in 2010.

 roadSenator John Ensign (R-NV) has admitted that his parents (they're alive???) paid his mistress's family nearly $100,000 "out of concern." Concern for their son's career and reputation? The money was allegedly not taken from campaign funds.

John-kerry-newspaper-hearings  roadSenator John Kerry has announced his support for Massachusetts A.G. Martha Coakley's federal lawsuit challenging DOMA.

 roadConvicted American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Iee were supposed to be sent to a prison labor camp in North Korea, but rumor has it they're at a guest house while officials seek talks with the U.S.

 roadGay Panic on Holiday: In New Zealand, 32-year-old Hungarian tourist Ferdinand Ambach beat 69-year-old Ronald Brown to death with a banjo and then rammed the instrument down his throat. He's just been found guilty...of manslaughter.

 roadThe ladies who Tweet.


—an exhibition of art that exposes "sundry flesh"—opened last night and runs through September 19 at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York. "Naked is not nude nor 'naturalist'—it is altogether more intriguing, predicating perhaps a state of desire, whether narcissistic or voyeuristic, that sense of being naked as an active, self-conscious state of heightened awareness if not arousal." The show features contributions from Jack Pierson (work pictured), Andy Warhol, David LaChapelle, Charles Hovland and many others. (Site is art, not porn, but is still probably NSFW.)

 roadThe Amateur Gourmet's singing, dancing tribute fish.

 roadIn males, sexuality can be determined by birth order. The more older brothers he has, the more likely he is to be gay. Wait, I think I saw this movie—wasn't it pre-condom?

 roadMichael Jackson's dermatologist may or may not be the father of his children, but he doesn't want them turning into "the next version of the Jackson 3."

Singapore_flag  roadSingapore will keep homosexuality illegal. But don't worry—they won't prosecute you for it.

 roadAccording to Levi Johnston, Sarah Palin resigned for one reason only—greed. Palin's spokesman Meghan Stapleton fires back: "It is interesting to learn Levi is working on a piece of fiction while honing his acting skills." Oh, snap. But if Levi's working on a piece of fiction, Sarah's Barbara Cartland.

 roadWas Ernest Hemingway a failed KGB spy?

GOP Senator Ensign Admits Extramarital Affair


Nevada GOP Senator John Ensign, who has been a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, supported a constitutional amendment banning it, and called on President Clinton to resign over the Lewinsky affair
(“I came to that conclusion recently, and frankly it’s because of what he put his whole Cabinet through and what he has put the country through. He has no credibility left.”), acknowledged having an extramarital affair with a former campaign staffer yesterday. Her husband had formerly worked in Ensign's Senate office.

Ensign also called for Larry Craig's resignation after the Minneapolis men's room incident.


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