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First Gaffe of Debate Happens Before It Begins

It's Donald vs. Hilary, apparently

(Newser) - Both candidates dodged a bullet on Monday night in that the first gaffe of the 2016 presidential debates was made by ... neither of them. Host Hofstra University committed the goof, by way of "last-minute" souvenir tickets it printed for the 350 of its students who managed to get a... More »

University Tells Would-Be Cheerleaders How to Look

University of Washington infographic goes over like a ton of bricks

(Newser) - Newsflash: Cheerleaders should not sport ponytails. This according to a now-pulled infographic posted to Facebook by the University of Washington cheerleading team on Monday. It was ostensibly a guide for would-be Huskies, as cheerleader tryouts begin Friday. Instead, the list of Dos and Don'ts—which specified that "nude... More »

Mayor's Facebook Post Reveals His Porn Browsing

Besides, the Internet connection was too slow to actually watch any of it

(Newser) - It was only research. So says a German mayor who, via a post on his town's official Facebook page, inadvertently busted himself for checking out online porn. Thomas Koppl of Quickborn, in the course of a political debate, posted a screenshot of the German constitution to Facebook. He neglected... More »

Hillary Regrets 'Superpredator' Remark Made in 1996

'I shouldn't have used those words,' she now says

(Newser) - When Black Lives Matter activist Ashley Williams confronted Hillary Clinton on her record on race and crime at a private fundraiser in Charleston, SC, on Wednesday, Williams wanted one thing in particular from the presidential contender: an explanation why two decades ago, she referred to some at-risk youth as "... More »

John Kasich: Women 'Left Their Kitchens' to Support Me

He told Va. rally crowd how he won election decades ago

(Newser) - Fresh off of defunding Planned Parenthood in Ohio, Gov. John Kasich raised eyebrows again Monday in Fairfax, Va., Mediaite reports. Speaking at a campaign rally at George Mason University, the presidential candidate took on the subject of how he first got elected during his early days in politics, cluing the... More »

Town Has Honored Bust Since 1977— It's the Wrong Guy

Stockton-on-Tees commissioned a bust of the wrong John Walker

(Newser) - Try as they might, the denizens of Stockton-on-Tees, England, just can't seem to pay homage to John Walker, a 19th-century resident of the town and inventor of "one of the most significant objects in modern history," per the the Northern Echo . Take, for instance, the bust of... More »

Prince Philip Busted Dropping F-Bomb on Camera

Tells photog to 'just take the f---ing picture' already

(Newser) - He might be worshipped on a certain island , but Britain's 94-year-old Prince Philip hasn't allowed age to mellow his fondness for blunt speaking and salty language. The husband of Queen Elizabeth II has been caught apparently using the F-word during a photo shoot. PhIlip can be heard on... More »

Think Tank Sorry for Telling Amnesty to 'Suck It'

CSIS apologizes, says intern thought he was using personal account

(Newser) - An intern at a Washington, DC, think tank was just supposed to monitor its Twitter account, not tell Amnesty International to "suck it." The human rights organization was making a point about the uproar in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting death of Michael Brown, tweeting yesterday: "US... More »

Oops: Ninja Turtles Make 9/11 Gaffe on Movie Poster

Paramount Australia tweets poster, promptly deletes it

(Newser) - Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Leonardo have a bit of explaining to do. That’s because the Australian film poster for the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles features the famous turtles falling from a burning building that has apparently just been rocked by an explosion ... and the opening date, prominently... More »

Clinton Makes Abe Lincoln Flub

GOP pounces on gaffe made on book tour

(Newser) - Illinois native and possible presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton started the second stop of her book tour yesterday by calling Abraham Lincoln a senator, CNN reports. Here’s what she was trying to do: During a speech in Chicago, Clinton compared the 2008 Democratic presidential primary between her and then-Sen. Barack... More »

Another Holocaust Gaffe: Candidate's Death Camp Ad

Mike Wells says concentration camp picture was an accident

(Newser) - A Fresno, Calif., city council candidate attracted the wrong kind of attention when he sent out a flier on Saturday that featured what looked like a picture of a concentration camp, the Fresno Bee reports. It features a message criticizing Mike Wells' opponent in red letters across the backdrop of... More »

Obama to Art History Majors: Sorry I Dissed Your Field

Sends professor handwritten note

(Newser) - At the end of January, President Obama raised the ire of art historians with a comment about their field; now he's apologizing, via a handwritten note. Speaking at a Milwaukee-area General Electric plant, Obama told the crowd: "I promise you, folks can make a lot more, potentially, with... More »

Newtown Neighbor Sorry for Bullets Joke

Incoming board member urged to resign early

(Newser) - With calls flying that he should resign before he even takes office, a newly-elected school board member from Brooksfield, Conn., apologized today for saying that he'd honor the victims of the massacre in neighboring Newtown by buying bullets. Gregory Beck made the comment in response to a Facebook post... More »

High School Really Sorry About 'Trail of Tears' Taunt

Attempt to intimidate rival Alabama high school was dismal failure

(Newser) - A central Alabama high school's principal yesterday explained that the person tasked with approving all football banners is out on maternity leave. And so this is what happened at McAdory High School in McCalla on Friday in her absence: The cheerleading squad made a massive "bust-thru" sign designed... More »

Congressman Whines He's 'Stuck' With 6-Figure Salary

'I'm stuck here making $172K,' Rep. Phil Gingrey reportedly said

(Newser) - The latest politician to have his name splashed across national news over something he said is Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey, who is finding himself under fire following a meeting of congressional Republicans yesterday. On the table was the ruling that allows federal lawmakers and their staffers to get a health... More »

Would-Be Pol Goofs on Islam, Branded 'Aussie Sarah Palin'

Stephanie Banister ends parliamentary campaign after 48 hours

(Newser) - Like many fledgling politicians, Stephanie Banister gave an interview with a couple of gaffes. And like a select few politicians of any experience level, her gaffes went viral. But in this case, the 27-year-old welder and Queensland parliamentary candidate's contention that Islam is a country, among other blunders, earned... More »

Oops! Palestinian President Mixes Up Morsi, Mubarak

Mahmoud Abbas catches himself at last second

(Newser) - Awkward. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas mixed up the names of Egypt's democratically elected president and his ousted authoritarian predecessor when he tried to thank his hosts at an Islamic summit in Cairo today. Abbas intended to thank Egypt for supporting the Palestinian cause. He began by saying "President... More »

Gaffes Squash GOP Bid to Rule Senate—Again

Akin, Mourdock stumbles reminiscent of 2010 struggle

(Newser) - In 2010, the GOP looked poised for a potential Senate takeover—but losses by Tea Party favorites to Democrats in Nevada, Delaware, and Colorado helped Democrats maintain control. Now, a similar scenario is playing itself out, notes the AP . Once again, Republicans should have had the Senate locked up this... More »

Romney to Bosses: Tell Workers How to Vote

Tape sheds light on headlines about businesses doing just that

(Newser) - In a conference call earlier this year Mitt Romney urged small-business owners to tell their employees how to vote. "I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future," Romney... More »

Hey Media, Obama Made Gaffes, Too

President slips up twice, and journalists ignore both: Noah Rothman

(Newser) - Noah Rothman at Mediaite is perturbed that journalists have been too busy haranguing Mitt Romney over his Libya remarks to notice that President Obama made two gaffes himself this week. The first came Wednesday during an interview with Telemundo when Obama was asked if Egypt was considered a US ally.... More »

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