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NPHSnowWhite  road New dad Neil Patrick Harris clearly has an itch for kid-friendly productions: first he appears in Smurfs, and now the actor will played the magic mirror in an upcoming stage production of Disney's Snow White.

 road Ed Kilgore discusses conservatives and convenient states' rights: "The history of cultural conservatives on [abortion and gay marriage] is very clear: They favor the maximum legal heft the political market can bear in support of their views. From their point of view, a federal constitutional ban is ideal; federal statutes would be less effective but better than state action; and state action (via either state constitutional amendments or statutes) is a useful fallback position if national bans aren’t practical."

 road David Beckham shows off the new tattoo he got for daughter Harper.

 road The Glee stars turned out for the premiere of their 3D concert movie.

 road New York City Council gave The Ali Forney Center, a space for homeless LGBT youth, $620,000 to help the service expand its woe-fully underfunded reach. "We are grateful to have the additional shelter beds. It is a terrible thing to see so many LGBT youth forced to survive out in the streets while they wait for beds. We hope to have the new site opened by October so fewer kids will have to suffer in the cold this winter," said the Center's executive director, Carl Siciliano.

 road Teens for Testing, an STD and HIV/AIDS awareness group for high school students, could use some support, too.

Glacier road Members of the Scottish Nationalist Party double-down in effort to "protect" conservatives from gay marriage.

 road Unhygienic NYC food vendor blames his woes on Jewish people, gay people and anti-Islamic racism.

 road Scary crusade: "Conversion therapy, as it is called, has been causing controversy for years in the United States, where a so-called "ex-gay movement" continues to thrive. Now there is increasing concern among LGBT rights organizations that these groups are strengthening their foothold in Europe."

 road Howard Dean blames the Tea Party for the nation's economic turmoil, and wonders what they've been "smoking:" "I think they've been smoking some of that tea, not just drinking it."

ExGayProtest  road New ABC drama Pan Am takes place in the 1960s, but network executives put the kibosh on of-the-era smoking in the period series, which stars Christina Ricci.

 road Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, which owns Fox News and the New York Post, will print a gay wedding magazine. The company's publications and outlets may not support same-sex equality, but they'll happily accept LGBT dough.

 road 45,000 Verizon employees strike over labor contract impasse.

 road Melting glaciers increase planet's waist size.

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #931

OUT OF THE CLOSET: A mini-doc on Nepal's Supreme Court decision on sexual and gender minorities.

UNLEASH YOUR FINGERS: A viral ad for Samsung Mobile France.

MADEON: French Pop producer's mash-up gets synced with all the videos.

PIE-GATE: The Taiwanese animation of the Rupert Murdoch attack has a sex scene.

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Jon Stewart Scrutinizes the News Corp Hacking Scandal: VIDEO


Jon Stewart looks at developments in the News Corp hacking scandal, including Rebekah Brooks arrest, the death of the whistleblower, Rupert Murdoch's cat nap before Parliament, and the pie attack.


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Attacker Lunges at Rupert Murdoch with Pie During News Corp Hearing: VIDEO


Live news coverage of the News Corp phone hacking coverage abruptly cut away to a painting (above) moments ago as CEO Rupert Murdoch was reportedly attacked by a young man with a pie.

The Guardian reports:

"Someone has just tried to attack Rupert Murdoch. His wife Wendi seemed to slap the person....A young man in a checked shirt has been detained by police...The BBC says the young man has been handcuffed. Sky showed the footage again – it seemed to be an attack from Rupert Murdoch's left...The suspect looks like he has a substance like white paint on his face...The BBC's Laura Kuenssberg thinks it's a bandage on the young man's face – Nick Robinson says it is shaving foam and the young man hit Rupert Murdoch with it...Reports claim the assailant is a UK Uncut activist."

Watch a video of the attack, AFTER THE JUMP...


UPDATE: Jonathan May-Bowles (known on Twitter by the name Jonnie Marbles), the activist who attacked Murdoch, tweeted shortly before taking action: "It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before #splat."

Marbles had earlier tweeted: "I'm actually in this committee and can confirm: Murdoch is Mr Burns."

He added: "Rupert Murdoch appears to be going senile." He also tweeted: "It might be quicker if Baby Murdoch simply listed all of the things that he does know. "One gets the sense that they haven't really done the required reading ahead of their presentation. Think they may fail this module."

Marbles describes himself on his Twitter page as an "activist, comedian, father figure and all-round nonsense. Tweeting in an impersonal capacity." But UK Uncut moved swiftly to distance itself from the invader. "The pie in Murdoch's face was NOT a UK Uncut action, everyone!" it tweeted soon after.

(image via think progress twitter)

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WATCH LIVE: Rupert Murdoch Testimony Before Committee on News Corp Hacking Scandal


UK Hearings into the News Corp phone hacking scandal before the House of Commons culture, media and sport committee are underway:

The hearings were on Tuesday were being held in two bland committee rooms across from the House of Commons, close to the River Thames in the Westminster area of central London.

News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch and his son James are scheduled to appear at 9:30 am EDT and News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks is scheduled to appear at 10:30 am EDT.

The Guardian reports that the hearings are running behind schedule, perhaps an hour and a half, but you can follow on its LIVE BLOG, and take note of who is speaking at the moment.

Watch and see archived clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: 'True Blood,' Monogamy, Military Marriage, Volcano

LafayetteJesusTB  road Census figures show that about 1,600 gay male couples and 1,860 lesbian couples are raising adopted children in Oklahoma.

 road The New York Post keeps it predictably classy while reporting on a transgender sex workers' death: "Fire Kills Tranny in Dairy Den."

 road Kevin Alejandro, who plays Jesus Velasquez on True Blood, explains why his fictional relationship with Nelson Ellis' Lafayette Reynolds works so well: "What makes Jesus and Lafayette work is just how opposite of each other they are... It's a nice balance."

 road Sears revoked an accidental $69 iPad deal, disappointing dozens of customers, including a mother whose son has Asperger's Syndrome and uses an iPad for school.

 road Michele Bachmann's political philosophy in a nutshell? "Same-sex marriage was not much of an issue here when Mrs. Bachmann..arrived at the Statehouse as a new senator in January 2001... Then, in November 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Court declared that state’s law banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Mrs. Bachmann sprang into action."

IndonesiaVolcano  road Once considered Rupert Murdoch's protege, former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks was arrested for her role in the phone hacking scandal that threatens Murdoch's media world.

 road Top London cop Paul Stephenson has resigned as commissioner after hiring a former News of the World editor accused in the phone hacking scandal.

 road Casey Anthony was released from prison this morning, and an angry mob was there to greet her.

 road Movie magic: the final Harry Potter flick breaks records with $476 million worldwide gross during its opening weekend.

 road Indonesia's Mount Lokon continues to erupt, and today let loose its largest ash and smoke cloud yet.

 road The Batmobilie prepares for filming in Pittsburgh.

 road At least 700 hundred New York religious leaders backed the state's marriage equality legislation.

 road Monogamy's many faces: "What we find is that the idea that it takes a village to raise a child is absolutely true. Humans are what we call cooperative breeders. It takes multiple people to raise offspring, and that's the mechanism by which we're socially monogamous. People commonly mistake sexual monogamy and social monogamy. Few animals on the planet are sexually monogamous."

GingrichDebt road The next LGBT military battle: "With the military’s ban on openly gay troops expected to end this fall, advocates for gay and lesbian service members are already looking ahead to the next battle: winning equal benefits for same-sex married couples."

 road Zac Efron makes a great looking race car driver.

 road Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign is $1 million in debt. Can the anti-gay Republican hang on through primary season?

 road Gay and lesbian prison guards in the Philippines are prohibited from frisking inmates of the same sex.


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