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the onion pretty much sums it up

The Onion


re-writing history?

Justin Elliott (Salon): Jackie Gingrich Cushman has decided to resurface the most damaging anecdote of her father’s political career: that Newt Gingrich demanded his first wife hash over details of their divorce while she was stricken with cancer in a hospital bed. Cushman suggests in a new column that the story is false.

But Cushman’s column, titled “Setting the Record Straight,” is directly at odds with the testimony of her mother from just a few years after the 1980 incident … the column is likely part of a conscious inoculation effort. Cushman writes a syndicated conservative political column and recently co-authored a book with her father.

Cushman doesn’t offer much in the way of details, besides saying that she was present during that 1980 hospital visit and that the media has repeated unspecified “untruths”… here is what Newt’s wife (also called Jackie) told the Washington Post in a Jan. 3, 1985, profile:

He walked out in the spring of 1980 and I returned to Georgia. By September, I went into the hospital for my third surgery. The two girls came to see me, and said Daddy is downstairs and could he come up? When he got there, he wanted to discuss the terms of the divorce while I was recovering from the surgery … To say I gave up a lot for the marriage is the understatement of the year.”

Newt Gingrich’s spokesman, by the way, told me in March that Newt denies the “terms of the divorce” part of the story but acknowledges there was “an argument.”

The question becomes: Should we believe Gingrich’s wife from five years after the incident, or what his daughter claims 30 years later when Newt is gearing up for a presidential run?

Full article here


it’s ellen time

AZCentral: Mrs. Michelle Obama shows off her dance moves again Thursday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

And Jill Biden joins her in their road trip to talk about military families.

Ellen asked about how she and daughters Malia and Sasha handle the criticism that comes with life in the White House. “It’s part of a job and that’s the good thing about the campaign. It really gets you prepared for all the hard knocks that come along with making really tough decisions,” said Mrs. O. “Fortunately the girls are pretty young. They’re not watching the news. They’re pretty much watching Disney and all that good stuff. They’re fairly shielded but when they have questions we talk about it honestly. … Fortunately they have friends who don’t make it an issue. I think it’s been better than I would have expected.”

She added that she chooses not to take in the negative comments. “There are always two worlds in politics. There is the stuff you hear on TV and it’s what you feel when you go out into the country. But people are kind. They are kind to us when we go into communities. I think people know that my husband’s intent is good and that we are making good progress. That’s what we feel. That’s the energy that we get back. You can chose to take in the negative or you take in the good stuff.”



phew, it’s getting hot in here

President Barack Obama at Bowie State University

WTOP: About three dozen people have been treated for illness during a rally featuring President Obama at Bowie State University.

Prince George’s County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady tells WTOP numerous ambulances have been sent to the rally after people started fainting and became dizzy.

The problems could be related to warmer temperatures today. Brady says crowds at the rally were outside and packed shoulder to shoulder.


the eyes have it

President Obama greets members of the audience following his remarks at the Oakley Lindsay Center in Quincy, Ill., April 28, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)







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