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August 1, 2012

7 Valiant Efforts To Capitalize On "Fifty Shades Of Grey"

The ongoing Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon has left publicists all over the country scrambling to find connections between their products and the books. Now everything vaguely sexy is being sold as Fifty Shades-themed. Some examples...

Cat Spanx

Who wants to place bets on how long it takes until this is an actual product you can buy?

Will Sexual Assault Spike During The Olympics?

Organizers are preparing for a possible rise in sex crimes around the Games, and that may be smart — some research shows that the incidence of such crimes does increase around major sporting events.

Inside The Tea Party Factory

Conservative groups train their cadres in Dallas, where it's one part Hayek, one part Alinsky, and one part Henry Ford. “We’re the salesmen and the production line," says FreedomWorks' Steinhauser.

Top Boehner Aide Used Private Email Address To Communicate With Jack Abramoff Aide While In The Bush Administration

President Obama has come under some fire from Republicans for a report in Politico that the White House used private emails and met with lobbyists at coffee shops to avoid disclosure. But a top political aide and former chief-of-staff to Speaker John Boehner, Barry Jackson, also did so during his time in the Bush Administration. Jackson used 2003 used a "georgewbush.com" email address to communicate with Neil Volz, an aide disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, about nominating one of Abramoff's Indian tribe clients for a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Live 24/7 Corgi Puppy Cam

Do I really need to say anything more? These puppies are only two-weeks old so expect a lot of (adorable, round-bellied, kick-y) sleeping.

Lawsuit: Bachmann Staff Stole Database

The claim: A key Iowa supporter of Michele Bachmann, State Senator Kent Sorenson, "stole" a home-schooling group's email list from a supporter. Here's the suit, which names several to Bachmann aides, was filed in Polk County Court, and can be read in full below.

Jay Carney In 2011: "All Of Our Work Is Conducted On Work Email Accounts"

A report in Politico says that President Obama's campaigner Jim Messina, used private email address to conduct official White House business, and took meeting with lobbyists at a coffee shop to avoid disclosure. In a 2011 press conference, White House press secretary answering a question about private Google accounts said the White House conducted all emails on work accounts. Carney said today to reporters that Messina would forward his private emails to his public accounts to comply with disclosure laws.

The Most Important Document In The Apple/Samsung Patent War

It's not even an patent. It's a years-old educational video about how intellectual property works. This 17-minute video, which is being shown to the jury, will provide the basis on which they'll judge the knock-down, drag-out fight about the origins of the modern smartphone.

Caddy, The Orphaned Baby Wombat

With a face that is guaranteed to explode your heart. Caddy has been taken in by a rescue organization in Australia after her mom was killed by a car. She will go to live with other young wombats and eventually be released back to the wild.

Obama On Why He Has Oppo Researchers

President Obama taken criticism for the negative tone of his 2012 campaign. In 2007, then Senator Obama said he hired oppo researchers for his campaign "to make sure that we know the records of all the candidates well enough that we can compare and contrast where we stand on issues and where others stand on issues, and that I think is essential to democracy – I don't think there’s anything wrong with that at all." But it is hard to see how Mitt Romney's singing voice fits into that frame.

"Productivity Porn"

My new favorite phrase, from Vivek Haldar: "The internet is full of productivity tips and techniques, more accurately known as productivity porn. It’s like McDonalds trying to sell you healthy food."

Will New Birth Control Coverage Reduce Teen Pregnancy?

New rules requiring insurance companies to cover birth control without a copay go into effect today. Doctors say this could make a dent in teen pregnancy rates by giving teens access to the most effective forms of contraception — which are also some of the most expensive.

Comedy Central UK Takes On The Absurdity Of What The Olympics Won't Let You Say

The International Olympic Committee is more protective of its brand than almost any company in the world. Why do you think the Gay Olympics became the Gay Games? Comedy Central UK wanted to make a nice message of support for the athletes competing, but were told that there was a lot they couldn't say. So they ran this instead.

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