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August 1-2, 2012 Headlines: Penn get statesman oversight, Phelps Gold ‘n’ Proposed Medal tax cut

NCAA tabs former Sen. George Mitchell as PSU integrity monitor

Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine, AP Photo:Dennis Cook

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review  Wed, Aug 1 2012

STATE COLLEGE — Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell will serve as the independent athletics integrity monitor at Penn State University for the NCAA. The NCAA announced Mitchell’s five-year appointment on Wednesday…Mitchell will evaluate Penn State’s compliance with the agency’s sanctions and the integrity agreement with the NCAA and Big Ten. College sports’ governing body says Mitchell will have “broad access to campus, personnel and records” and make any recommendations necessary for Penn State to comply with its requirements.

Michael Phelps’ Twitter Gets Tweets From Obama, Pele, Lil Wayne

Huffington Post   Wed, Aug 1 2012

LONDON (Reuters) – In 2008, the congratulations came by telephone: “If you can handle eight gold medals, you can handle anything,” then U.S. President George W. Bush told Michael Phelps after he swept the board at the Beijing Olympics. It was a sign of the times that just four years later, at the so-called Twitter Games, it was via the social media site that dozens of friends, musicians, sports celebrities and even the U.S. President showered Phelps with good wishes after he became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time.”Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You’ve made your country proud. – bo,” Obama, who tweets as @BarackObama, wrote. Messages from Obama are often written by his team, but the initials identify the rare messages that come directly from the president. Phelps was quick to respond: “Thank you Mr. President!! It’s an honor representing the #USA !! The best country in the world!!”

Rubio proposes Olympic tax loophole (blog)   Wed, Aug 1 2012

It’s doubtful that, say, Michael Phelps needs a tax break, but Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announced Wednesday he was introducing the Olympic Tax Elimination Act, which would exempt U.S. Olympic medal winners from paying taxes on their medals.  His office notes that Olympians who win medals also receive honorariums: cash payments of $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze. We’re checking with the IRS to determine whether there’s a special tax for Olympians, or whether it all gets taxed as income. And whether the winners of the Nobel Prize, for example, also face similar taxes. Rubio’s spokesman said that Americans for Tax Reform, headed by Grover Norquist, brought the idea to the senator’s attention.

First fan: Russian President Vladimir Putin, a black belt, takes in Olympic judo

Washington Post  Thurs, Aug 2 2012

LONDON — He clenched his fists at times, leaned back nervously at others. And when his compatriots won Olympic gold, he leaped from his seat and thrust his arms skyward. A common fan reaction — from an uncommon fan. Vladimir Putin was one thrilled Russian president on Thursday. The longtime judo enthusiast had a VIP seat to watch Tagir Khaibulaev win the 100-kilogram gold medal. When the match ended, Putin led the celebration

Ann Romney’s horse fails to win dressage but avoids offending British

The Guardian   Thurs, Aug 2 2012

Rafalca, the horse owned by Ann Romney, competes in London 2012

Rafalca, owned by Mrs Mitt Romney, was impeccably behaved and well received by Olympic equestrians in Greenwich

New era of sports diplomacy

Politico   Thurs, Aug 2 2012

The State Department, like the rest of America, has its eyes fixed on the London Olympics. But officials there aren’t just rooting for Team USA — they’re also looking for new recruits. Today’s gold medalists, after all, are tomorrow’s sports diplomats. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has been sending renowned Olympic coaches and athletes, including Michelle Kwan, Evan Lysacek, Kate Markgraf and Misty May-Treanor, around the globe as part of its SportsUnited initiative, which aims to strengthen ties with other countries by teaching sports to underserved youth.

President Obama doesn’t endorse Jets’ QB situation

USA TODAY   Thurs, Aug 2 2012

(CNN)–It’s still a mystery why President Barack Obama was holding a baseball bat during his telephone conversation with Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan

Obama was a guest on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday and offered his thoughts on the tenuous situation between Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. “I gotta tell you, I don’t like the idea of a quarterback controversy at the start of a season,” Obama said, via the New York Daily News. “So if I was a Jets fan, I’d be pretty nervous. Sanchez is not Tom Brady yet, but he led them to the playoffs two years in a row. I think Tim Tebow seems to be a wonderful young man, and he’s got just a great winning attitude. He really steps up when things count.”

Racing presidents continue Olympic tributes with fencing

Washington Post (blog)  Thurs, Aug 2 2012

The racing presidents are continuing with their Olympic tributes. Tuesday it was race walking. Last night, fencing. It was Teddy’s race to lose as it was essentially a one-man contest with sword-bearing presidents as obstacles. Abe and George were easy targets, but Tom is apparently a fencing novice opposite of novice. It’s a little surprising that George, a former general, isn’t better with a sword.

Joe Biden adds to list of Nats’ high-powered visitors

Washington Post (blog)  Thurs, Aug 2 2012

The VP, with principal owners Debra Lerner Cohen and Ed Cohen. Photos via the Nationals

Nats Park seems to be a popular destination for government heavyweights. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit

President Obama’s campaign will host a basketball themed fund-raiser at Chelsea Piers

Capital New York  Thurs, Aug 2 2012

President Obama’s campaign will host a basketball themed fund-raiser at Chelsea Piers later this month. “Please join basketball’s greatest super stars and shoot some hoops to benefit the Obama Campaign in New York City,” says an invitation for the event on August 22. Tickets are $250 for an autograph session; for $5,000 a parent and child get a “shoot around skills session” with the players.

July 21, 2012 Headlines: Olympics: No moment of silence, Costa to pay respect, ‘n’ Putin says “You can do it!”

London 2012: IOC chief praises ‘country that invented modern sport’

The Guardian   Sat, 21 Jul 2012

President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge attends a news conference in Stratford. Photograph- Neil Hall/Reuters

In the week of the opening ceremony, the International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said he was optimistic the London Games would be a success thanks to the enthusiasm of “the country that invented modern sport”.

Rogge resisted calls from President Barack Obama for the terrorist attack at the 1972 Munich Games to be recognised by a minute’s silence during the opening ceremony, insisting “the opening ceremony is an atmosphere that is not fit to remember such a tragic incident”. Instead the IOC will hold a ceremony at the exact place of the killings in the military airport in Munich on 5 September, the date of the tragedy.The IOC president, in charge of his final Olympics before he stands down in 2013, also confirmed that the National Olympic Committee executives identified in a Sunday Times investigation would be free to attend the Games.

Opening Ceremony: Bob Costas To Pay Respects To Victims Of 1972 Munich

Huffington Post   Sat, 21 Jul 2012

The Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games is one of the most watched events around the world. People from all over the globe, in hundreds of countries, tune in for the spectacle. The Olympic Games is one of the few events that brings the world together in such a way. These 2012 games are the 40th anniversay of the human tragedy that happened in Munich in 1972, when 11 Israelis were killed as part of a hostage crisis…However, one man is going to step in and do his part where the IOC will not. NBC’s Olympic anchor, Bob Costas, will have his own minute of silence as the Israeli athletes enter the Olympic Stadium in London.

Romney Aides Split on Olympics Trip Overruled by Romney

Businessweek   Sat, 21 Jul 2012

Mitt Romney’s trip to Europe and Israel next week gives the Republican presidential candidate the opportunity to establish foreign policy credentials and get a temporary respite from nagging questions about his finances…Campaign advisers were divided on whether Romney should go to London, according to one involved in the discussion. Some aides argued that a visit to the Olympics, where his wife’s horse is representing the U.S. in the dressage competition, could draw more attention to his personal wealth


‘You can do it!’ – Putin to Olympians

RT   Sat, 21 Jul 2012

Russian President Vladimir Putin has wished the best of luck to the country’s Olympic team before they depart for the XXX Summer Olympics in London.



“I wish that the Russian flag will be raised and the country’s anthem played as often as possible after your victories at the Olympic stadiums in London,” RIA-Novosti news agency cites Putin as saying. “Thousands of people will be looking at you from the stands and millions all over the world on TV. Our Olympic team as a whole and each individual member is capable of achieving a lot. Sports – especially, high performance sports – require plenty of hard work, discipline and, of course, luck, but most of all – self-confidence and the ability to overcome yourself.”

Concord High grad to run in Olympic marathon

The Union Leader   Sat, 21 Jul 2012

The International Olympic Committee has granted Marial’s request to enter the Olympics as an unattached athlete, so he can compete in the Olympic marathon. IOC rules prohibited him from representing the United States because he is not a citizen. His homeland, the year-old Republic of South Sudan, has not yet qualified to field an Olympic team…“In my heart, I will be standing in the Olympics and holding the South Sudan flag in my heart,” Marial said. “I may be independent, but inside my heart, these are the people I am running for.”

July 19, 2012 Headlines: Go Army, Olympic moment of silence endorsed, ‘n’ DNC “Sorry Mrs. Romney…”

House Says Military Can Keep NASCAR Sponsorships

ABC News Thu, 19 Jul 2012 05:48 AM PDT

It was another NASCAR race to the finish, but it wasn’t at the track.  It was on Capitol Hill, where in these economically tough times some members of Congress didn’t think it was a smart idea for the military to be spending millions on professional sports sponsorships as a recruiting tool…Late Thursday night, in a close 216 to 202 vote,  the House of Representatives struck down a bipartisan amendment that would have cut $72 million from next year’s $608 billion defense spending bill slated for professional sports sponsorships used to help with military recruiting.  The military services sponsor a wide range of professional sports, including bass fishing tournaments and the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but it was the National Guard’s sponsorship of Earnhardt’s car that drew all the attention

DNC Apologizes to Ann Romney For Horsing Around

The New York Observer Thu, 19 Jul 2012 06:32 AM PDT

DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse told ABC News yesterday that he was sorry if new ads hitting Mitt Romney on his refusal to release his tax returns offended Ann Romney. The ads in question featured Ms. Romney’s dancing dressage horse, Rafalca, which is headed to the London Olympics. In the ads, the DNC uses footage of the prancing horse to make the claim Mr. Romney is “dancing around the issues” of his taxes and personal finances. “Our use of the Romneys’ dressage horse was not meant to offend Mrs. Romney in any way, and we regret it if it did,”

Obama backs Olympics moment of silence for Israelis killed at Munich Games

Yahoo! News Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:17 AM PDT

President Barack Obama strongly supports holding a formal moment of silence at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in tribute to 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed by Palestinian extremists at the 1972 games in Munich, the White House said Thursday. “We absolutely support the campaign for a moment of silence at the Olympics to honor the Israeli athletes killed in Munich,” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Yahoo News by email.

Mayor hangs onto her NBA dream: If you build it, they will come

Las Vegas Sun  Sun, 15 Jul 2012

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has a perfect view of Las Vegas’ future. A balcony adjacent to Goodman’s seventh-floor office at City Hall yields a panoramic view of Symphony Park, where a proposed downtown arena could be constructed to highlight the 61-acre city neighborhood…In her mind’s eye, however, the building has been constructed. And, since the charismatic leader is dreaming her own dream, the arena is packed with locals and tourists enjoying a night of NBA action featuring a Las Vegas team. Isn’t it fun to dream — the Las Vegas Kings or Las Vegas Hornets, right? “That is the beauty of Las Vegas,” she said. “We are forever creative and forever reinventing ourselves.”

June 10, 2012 Headlines: Mayor Sellers moonlights as NBA commentator ‘n’ Ann Romney’s horse headed to London?

Brad Sellers previews the NBA Finals (Video)

Former NBA Center and Mayor of Warrensville Heights Brad Sellers

News Channel 5 Cleveland Sun, 10 Jun 2012 22:18 PM PDT

CLEVELAND – While serving as the mayor of Warrensville Heights takes up a lot of his time, former NBA center Brad Sellers still finds some time to talk NBA basketball. Will LeBron James win his first ring with the Miami Heat or can Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder cause LeBron to come up short in the Finals for the second year in a row. Sellers previews the NBA Finals and also shares his thoughts on what the Cavaliers should do with their four picks in the upcoming NBA Draft on the June 10, 2012 edition of the Ford Sports Sunday.

Ann Romney’s Horse Places 3rd in Olympic Qualifying

ABC News Sun, 10 Jun 2012 18:09 PM PDT

Ann Romney’s dressage trainer Jan Ebeling and the horse they co-own, Rafalca, came in third this weekend at the United States Equestrian Federation National Dressage Championships in Gladstone, N.J. This competition, which will continue next weekend, also serves as an Olympics qualifying event for the U.S. Dressage Team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Romney is avidly involved in the expensive world of dressage, sometimes known as “horse ballet,” and credits horseback riding for almost eliminating her symptoms from multiple sclerosis, which she was diagnosed with in 1998.

May 30, 2012 Headlines: Chavez courts Obama, Booker’s beef, ‘n’ most annoying “first lady” hobby

Hugo Chavez jokes about teaming up with Barack Obama over Baseball

Daily TelegraphWed, 30 May 2012 02:01 AM PDT

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez jokingly raised the possibility of teaming up with Barack Obama to lobby for baseball at the Olympics…Chavez said, “Let’s go Obama, together. Alliances can be made, Fidel, Raul, Obama and Chavez to fight for baseball and softball”. Relations have been tense for years between Chavez and the US government, with American officials criticising Venezuela’s rights record as well as its counter-drug efforts.

Putin’s Olympics snub welcomed

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be coming to the London Olympics

Sky News Australia Wed, 30 May 2012 12:43 PM PDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be coming to the London Olympics. British MPs, who have campaigned against human rights abuses in Russia, immediately welcomed the snub. Former Europe minister Denis MacShane claimed it was a way for the newly-sworn president to avoid pressure on Syria. He said: ‘Putin now realises that he is not welcome in London because of Russia’s flagrant rejection of European values and norms and failure to investigate and punish officials who violate rule of law.’

A New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup Win Would Be Very Awkward For Newark Mayor, Cory Booker

ForbesWed, 30 May 2012 04:30 AM PDT

Newark Mayor Cory Booker

Mayor, Cory Booker, has had an interesting last two months. During that span, he has rescued a woman from a house fire and very publicly chastised President Obama-a fellow Democrat and supposed friend-for attacking Mitt Romney’s affiliation with private equity. But there was one other Booker moment that slipped under the radar screen…

In April, Booker started a public feud with Jeff Vanderbeek, the former Lehman Brothers executive who bought the New Jersey Devils in 2004. Six years ago, Vanderbeek moved the Devils to Newark, paying $185 million of the eventual $375 million bill to build a brand new arena, the Prudential Center, in the city’s downtown area.

Booker’s beef was over a recent arbitration ruling about the revenue sharing between the team and the city that left Newark with a $600,000 bill. Booker accused the Devils of not living up to their obligation to financially support youth programs in the city. Booker called Vanderbeek a “high-class, high-falutin’ huckster and hustler” and “one of the most despicable owners” in the National Hockey League.

Golden State Warriors want to move back to San Francisco

National Post Wed, 30 May 2012 03:32 AM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors are ready to announce what many have long suspected: The franchise wants to move back to San Francisco. The NBA team, Commissioner David Stern and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee scheduled a news conference at 10 a.m. local time Tuesday to announce the decision to leave Oakland. The earliest the team could move would be 2017, when it can escape its lease at Oracle Arena. The Warriors will unveil plans to build an arena at Piers 30-32. The waterfront site near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge – one of the most beautiful views in one of the world’s most beautiful cities – is just blocks from the Giants’ ballpark and the downtown financial district.

Jaguars ‘perplexed’ by city’s claim of lease default

WJXT Jacksonville Wed, 30 May 2012 14:42 PM PDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Not long after Jaguars’ owner Shahid Khan said he was “shocked and perplexed” by the city’s claim that the NFL team has defaulted on its stadium contract, the city withdrew its claim and its top lawyer apologized. Late Wednesday Brown wrote a definitive response: “Let me be crystal clear: the City of Jacksonville has absolutely no intention whatsoever of terminating its lease with the Jacksonville Jaguars.”

Pro Bowl returns to Hawaii in 2013

KITV Honolulu Wed, 30 May 2012 13:06 PM PDT

Nearly a year after Gov. Neil Abercrombie equated a $4 million fee to keep the NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii as a “bribe”, the governor has changed his tune. On Wednesday, the league announced a new agreement that brings the game back to Aloha Stadium in 2013, and the governor couldn’t be happier. “This is wonderful news for football fans in Hawaii and elsewhere who love watching the game …

Arbitrator rules against Redskins

The Washington Redskins stretch during an organized team activity on Monday in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo:Evan Vucci)

Washington Examiner Wed, 30 May 2012 04:12 AM PDT

The Redskins and Cowboys, unusual allies, lost their fight to recoup a combined $46 million of cap space when arbitrator Stephen Burbank dismissed their grievance against the NFL it was announced Tuesday at the owners meetings in Atlanta by NFL executive vice president and general counsel Jeff Pash. The Redskins and Cowboys issued a joint statement Tuesday afternoon that closes the matter: “We pursued our salary cap claim pursuant to the CBA and we respect and will abide by the arbitrator’s decision to dismiss. We will contiue to focus on our football teams and the 2012 season.”

Gov. Corbett signs bill to protect student athletes from sudden death Wed, 30 May 2012 09:10 AM PDT

Gov. Corbett signed into law this morning a bill designed to protect student athletes with undetected heart conditions from sudden death while playing sports. House Bill 1610, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act, became the law…”Being sidelined for a game is better than being lost forever,” said Corbett. “This is a law of prevention, born out of a painful loss and a spirit of generosity from these families who have seen bearing their own sorrow and found hope for others.”

 Syria vows 9 qualifiers will compete in London

ESPN Wed, 30 May 2012 06:01 AM PDT

The president of the Syrian Olympic Committee says nine athletes from the war-torn country have qualified for the London Olympics and will compete “despite all pressures, media war and threats to ban them.”

Ann Romney vs. Michelle Obama: Who Has the Most Obnoxious Hobby?

The Atlantic WireWed, 30 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT

Michelle Obama and Ann Romney. Amazon; YouTube

For years conservatives have tried to turn Michelle Obama’s extracurricular obsessions — organic gardening, healthy eating, exercising — into a political symbol. But her husband’s up for re-election, which means there’s a First Lady in waiting, Ann Romney, who has her own hobbies, like the expensive horse riding sport called dressage. Obama’s new book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America is certain to provide more material for jokes. But the wife of the Republican presidential nominee is giving her some competition in this arena. Let’s explore: Does the current First Lady or the aspiring one have the more annoying hobby?

May 22, 2012 Headlines: Ukraine official busted, Steeler honored, SF gets a new stadium & team


Governor Corbett honors Hines Ward

Corbett honors retired Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward

WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg Tue, 22 May 2012 10:17 AM PDT

Governor Corbett today presented the following proclamation honoring retired Pittsburgh Steelers player Hines Ward during an event at the state Capitol in Harrisburg: Tribute to Hines Ward WHEREAS, Hines Ward played 14 seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, during which he established himself as one of the all-time greatest NFL wide receivers, being heralded as a leader on and off the field; and …


 Governor, Tom Barrett, football players wish Donald Driver luck

WQOW Eau Claire Tue, 22 May 2012 10:23 AM PDT

Green Bay Packers player Donald Driver is hoping to impress the judges tonight on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Overanalyzing President Obama’s Passing Form

New York MagazineTue, 22 May 2012 13:43 PM PDT

Obama throws a football on Soldier Field following NATO working dinner in Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Two days ago, President Obama was snapped by White House photographer Pete Souza on the Chicago Bears’ Soldier Field tossing a football to Lord knows who. It’s a nice shot — Obama looks downright statuesque and seems, at a minimum, not totally unfamiliar around a pigskin. And yet — probably because he is not actually a quarterback — there was also something off about Obama’s throwing form. As part of our never-ending quest to nitpick everything in the world, we asked Chris Brown — who has written about football for the New York Times, Grantland, and his own site, Smart Football, as well as in his new book, The Essential Smart Football — to take an unnecessarily critical look at Obama’s mechanics, and tell us what he’s doing wrong.

Report: Ad man behind Pete Hoekstra’s Super Bowl commercial leaves Senate run

Pete Hoekstra, Grand Rapids Press file photo

The Grand Rapids Press Tue, 22 May 2012 16:03 PM PDT

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fred Davis, the California media strategist who developed former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s heavily criticized Super Bowl commercial, has told Politico that he is no longer part of the Holland Republican’s campaign.

“They chose to shift around some responsibilities,” Davis told the website Tuesday.

The Hoekstra commercial came under fire from its first airing as xenophobic when an Asian-American actress…

 State Senate District 39 candidate bio: Jack Sullivan

Santa Fe New MexicanTue, 22 May 2012 08:34 AM PDT

NM State Senate Candidate Jack Sullivan

Education: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Georgia Tech University; master’s in civil engineering, Stanford University. Experience: Santa Fe County commissioner 2000-08; captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Airborne Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Citation); former coach and president, New Mexico Youth Soccer Association; former president, New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers

Gov. LePage signs anti-bullying, concussion bills

The Boston Globe Tue, 22 May 2012

AUGUSTA, Maine—Gov. Paul LePage has signed an anti-bullying bill and a National Football League-backed measure to prevent concussions in school sports.

General Secretary of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee, Volodymyr Gerashchenko

 Ukraine Olympic chief filmed offering to sell thousand pounds worth of Olympics tickets on black market

IndependentTue, 22 May 2012 10:06 AM PDT

The General Secretary of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee has been filmed offering to sell several thousand pounds worth of Olympics tickets to an undercover reporter posing as a ticket tout. Volodymyr Gerashchenko, who has been head of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee since 1997, told the reporter from BBC London News he had up to 100 tickets to sell.

Gov. LePage signs anti-bullying bill into law

WMTW Portland Tue, 22 May 2012 03:20 AM PDT

Gov. Paul LePage has signed an anti-bullying bill and a National Football League-backed measure to prevent concussions in school sports. The Republican governor on Monday put his signature to nearly two dozen bills that won final passage in the waning hours of Maine’s legislative session. The anti-bullying bill builds on existing law by providing a clear definition of bullying, an explicit prohibition on bullying, discipline strategies and teacher training on how to address bullying.

Golden State Warriors Officially Moving To San Francisco

Rendering of the Southern Embarcadero via The Warriors:Future Cities


SFist Tue, 22 May 2012 10:18 AM PDT

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Mayor Ed Lee and the Golden State Warriors front office are scheduled to make good on “months of rumors by officially announcing a deal to bring the NBA franchise back to San Francisco proper. According to the Chronicle , the deal will bring a $500 million, privately financed 17,000 – 19,000-seat arena to Pier 30 along the southern Embarcadero. The new arena is expected to be ..


Rush Limbaugh Bust, Image Credit- Julie Smith:AP Photo

Rush Limbaugh Bust Joins President, Slave, Indian Guide in Missouri Capitol

ABC News Tue, 22 May 2012 10:03 AM PDT

Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh joined the ranks of a U.S. president, a Missouri governor and a baseball Hall of Famer Monday when a bust of the controversial commentator was put on display in the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City…Besides Limbaugh, Tilley has chosen to add former slave Dred Scott and baseball legend Buck O’Neil of the Negro American League…A security camera, which was installed specifically for Limbaugh’s bust, will provide 24-hour surveillance of the statue, said Trevor Fox, the House’s director of communications. Limbaugh’s statue, which stands between those of 19th century painter George Bingham and former Missouri Gov. Warren Hearnes, is the only statue in the Missouri House’s Hall of Fame that has its own security camera. Other famous Missourians honored with statues in the Capitol include Walt Disney, Sacajawea and former President Harry Truman.

Crossroads up with $2.3 mill anti-Obama ad buy in Florida

Orlando Sentinel Blogs Tue, 22 May 2012 08:30 AM PDT

Crossroads GPS, dba Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, is up today with a $2.3 million, three-week ad buy in Florida that the group says is intended to “to frame the [presidential campaign] debate on jobs, the economy, taxes and government debt.”
Unlike previous ads by the Karl Rove-created group, this one, called “Basketball,” is a soft-music, low-key indictment of President Barack Obama’s three-plus years in office, as “told” by the mother of two kids who can’t find jobs.
“I supported President Obama because he spoke so beautifully,” says a woman’s voice. “He promised change — but things have changed for the worse.”
Crossroads says the ad is the second in a $25-million issue advocacy campaign in Florida and nine other states: Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
It urges citizens to support the “New Majority Agenda,” which is detailed at. The New York Times has a fascinating piece about how the ad was made. Read it here.

Litigation offers window into Ann Romney’s private life

Los Angeles Times Tue, 22 May 2012 05:37 AM PDT

Testimony in a lawsuit — from which she was eventually dropped — reveals the would-be first lady’s passionate engagement in dressage, a sport she believes helps her deal with multiple sclerosis…She soon fell in love with dressage, a fussy Olympic sport that is also called “horse ballet.” In dressage, a horse moves in delicate, dance-like steps to music as the rider, formally clad in top hat and tails, imperceptibly guides the animal.

FIFA break from tradition to appoint first female member to executive committee

Daily Mail Tue, 22 May 2012 04:35 AM PDT

FIFA have appointed the first female member of the world governing body’s executive committee. Lydia Nsekera, president of the Burundi Football Association, has been co-opted onto the executive committee and will be formally installed at the FIFA Congress in Budapest on Friday. Nsekera is a member of several FIFA committees – for women’s football, the women’s World Cup and the organising committee for the Olympic football tournaments.

FIFA delays appointing anti-corruption officials

Journal Gazette & Times-Courier Tue, 22 May 2012 07:34 AM PDT

FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s anti-corruption drive hit another delay on Tuesday, even as soccer’s world governing body appointed the first woman to its inner circle.