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Holdout Kentucky Clerk Has Been Married 4 Times

Kim Davis can't easily be fired

(Newser) - Does Kim Davis get an employee discount on marriage licenses? The Kentucky court clerk making headlines for her refusal to grant licenses to same-sex couples is now on her fourth marriage, reports US News & World Report , noting that the 49-year-old was divorced in 1994, 2006, and in 2008. Confusingly,... More »

How Bill Cosby's 'Pound Cake' Came Back to Bite Him

2004 NAACP lecture 'used to shame others ... now being used to shame him'

(Newser) - If Bill Cosby had simply stuck to stand-up and Fat Albert over the years, the damning deposition revealed yesterday in which he confessed to obtaining drugs to sedate women may have remained sealed. That's the crux of Justin Wm. Moyer's article in the Washington Post , which explains how... More »

Aide Who Dissed Sasha, Malia Was Arrested as Teen

Comments put Lauten's 'awful teen years' in spotlight

(Newser) - The GOP aide who criticized Malia and Sasha Obama for lacking "class" apparently didn't take time to ask herself if her own "awful teen years" would stand up to scrutiny. According to the Smoking Gun , Elizabeth Lauten was arrested for larceny in 2000, when she was 17.... More »

6 Celebs Who Don't Practice What They Preach

Do as they say, but, you know...

(Newser) - Celebrities are just like us: Sometimes they act like total hypocrites. Fox News rounds up a dozen examples. A sampling:
  • Sting: Talks a good game about being eco-friendly, but has his own private jet.
  • Kim Kardashian: Reprimanded sister Kourtney for having babies out of wedlock, then went ahead and had
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Strom Thurmond's Secret Daughter Dead at 87

Segregationist never publicly acknowledged mixed-race daughter

(Newser) - Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the mixed-race daughter of arch-segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond, has died at the age of 87. Her mother was a 16-year-old maid working for the Thurmond family in South Carolina when she was impregnated by the man who went on to serve 48 years in the Senate, where... More »

9 Hypocritical Stars

Do as they say, not as they do

(Newser) - When environmental crusader Al Gore sold Current TV, much was made over the fact that he basically sold the network to big oil. Even Jon Stewart had to admit Fox News had a point in its complaints on the matter. But Gore is far from the only hypocritical VIP—as... More »

Lay Off Marcus Bachmann

'Deeply closeted' or not, there's 'no evidence' he's a hypocrite: Meghan Daum

(Newser) - An “angry mob” of gay-rights supporters are slamming the anti-gay Marcus Bachmann, suggesting he’s a hypocrite who’s not as “straight an arrow as he purports to be.” Though Bachmann’s views on homosexuality are indefensible, the activists themselves may be the real hypocrites, writes Meghan... More »

What the Left Gets Wrong About the Tea Partiers

They're a lot more reasonable than liberals think, writes Ross Douthat

(Newser) - The left likes to paint the Tea Partiers as wingnuts, so it’s time to dispel some misconceptions, writes Ross Douthat. One myth: the Tea Party will be disastrous for the GOP. In fact—Rich Iott, Christine O'Donnell, and Carl Paladino aside—it's backed some very electable candidates, like Pennsylvania's... More »

Fed Handout Foe Carl Paladino Wants His $1.4M Tax Break Back

NY Tea Party candidate fights for government break

(Newser) - Remember Carl Paladino, racist-email sender and, perhaps, the next governor of New York ? The Buffalo businessman and anti-big government crusader is back in the spotlight, this time battling for a $1.4 million tax break for himself. One of Paladino's firms, J-P Group LLC., received the subsidy in 2002.... More »

Pastor Plans 'Burn a Koran Day'—September 11

Anti-Islam Florida church also vehemently anti-gay

(Newser) - A Florida pastor whose Bible is apparently missing the page that explains the Golden Rule has big plans for the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks—his church will play host to "International Burn a Koran Day." The Dove World Outreach Center, which is known for the... More »

Our Biggest Conservative: Perez Hilton

Gossip blogger may not look the part, but he's America's 'morals cop'

(Newser) - Somehow, Perez Hilton—a flamboyantly gay gossipmonger whose “favorite hobby is drawing dribbles of semen on pictures of celebrities”—has become “our leading morals cop.” He’s quick to deem Miley Cyrus “trampy” and Sienna Miller “slutty,” and this week—after posting a... More »

Anti-Reformers, We Dare You to Pledge:

'Neither I nor anyone in my family' will use bill's protections

(Newser) - If Republicans hate health care reform so much, they shouldn't benefit from it, writes Matt Millen. He suggests a pledge: “I hereby vow that neither I nor anyone in my family will take advantage of the protections offered by this law.” He can hear the whining already. "... More »

Anti-Novel Manifesto Reads Like 'Hokey' Fiction

David Shields' hypocritical book is dependent on plot

(Newser) - The subtitle of David Shields’ Reality Hunger—an anti-novel, anti-plot screed that celebrates reality in all its forms—is A Manifesto, which automatically makes it less about “reality” and more about creating a stir, writes Laura Miller. Even as he rails against the outdated novel, Shields is creating a... More »

Lily Allen Rode Piracy to Fame, But Now It's Not OK?

Singer ripped others' music for own mixes before she was a star

(Newser) - Singer Lily Allen has caused a stir with recent rants against music piracy (and a blog where she posts opinions from like-minded creative pals), but when she was trying to make it, she was guilty of just that offense. Allen included tracks from Jay-Z, Jefferson Airplane and others on mixtapes... More »

Enough Already: Kennedy Was No Hero

(Newser) - You wouldn’t know it from the tearful plaudits in the "echo chamber of the mainstream media," but Ted Kennedy was no hero, Howie Carr writes for the Boston Herald. Kennedy was actually a ruthless partisan—he accused Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork of wanting "segregated lunch... More »

In Affair, Mark Became Marco, 'Canoodling Lothario'

(Newser) - Mark Sanford’s affair stemmed from his love of a woman—and his love of the “dashing new version of himself he saw in her molten eyes,” writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. Mark, the Sanford we knew, “was the self-righteous, Bible-thumping prig who pressed... More »

Flip-Flopping Pols Are Just Channeling Inner Hypocrite

They know it's wrong, but benefits too great

(Newser) - Think all politicians are self-justifying hypocrites? You're probably right, John Tierney writes in the New York Times. As a recent psychological study demonstrates, all of us, given enough time and mental wiggle room, will succumb to the "self-halo effect," justifying in ourselves and our allies moral lapses we... More »

Mac at 'Height of Hypocrisy' on Hamas, Obama

GOP candidate far more accommodating just 2 years ago

(Newser) - John McCain’s effort to link Barack Obama and Hamas—waxing astonished the Democrat could sit down with the violent Palestinian group—is “Nixon-style dirty campaign tactics,” and the “height of hypocrisy,” James Rubin writes in the Washington Post. In a 2006 interview, McCain said the... More »

Aussies Face Protests Over Kangaroo Cull

Pro-whaling Japan pounces on neighbor's seeming hypocrisy

(Newser) - Australia is planning to cull 400 kangaroos on a military base, and Japan—oft-criticized by Australia for its whaling practices—is jumping at the opportunity to hail its neighbor as hypocritical, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Not so, says Australia’s PM. The whaling issue is subject to "an... More »

Teddy Teacher Spurs UK to Kill Own Blasphemy Law

House of Lords strikes down statute questioned since Sudan teddy-bear case

(Newser) - Britain's House of Lords voted yesterday to abolish blasphemy laws after an international incident sparked debate over secularism and tradition, the Los Angeles Times reports. With the UK and Sudan at odds in November over the prosecution of a British teacher allowing students to name a teddy bear Mohammad, many... More »

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