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Announcing her bid for the presidency Monday, Michele Bachmann noted that she shares her birthplace of Waterloo, Iowa, with acting legend John Wayne.

"Just like John Wayne is from Waterloo, Iowa, that's the kind of spirit I have too. It's embracing America. It's sacrificing for America," Bachmann said.

The problem? The Duke is from Winterset, Iowa, about 150 miles away. John Wayne Gacy, the notorious rapist and serial killer, hails from Waterloo.

While an honest mistake, and no big deal in the grand scheme, such gaffes and other ridiculous Michele Bachmann quotes pop up with surprising frequency.

As Bachmann, who now represents a Minnesota district in the U.S. House, gears up for her presidential run, we pulled together a greatest hits list.

Much like Sarah Palin's greatest hits, some of these Bachmann lines seem straight out of The Onion, classic "did this really happen?" moments ...

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who resigned after attempting to sell or barter President Obama's seat in the U.S. Senate, has been convicted of a VAST range of corruption, bribery and extortion charges.

A jury deemed him guilty on 17 of 20 counts.

His attorneys insisted that FBI wiretap recordings in which he discussed many illegal activities were just the ramblings of a politician who liked to think aloud.

But Blagojevich, who spent 2 1/2 years becoming a punchline, yet professing his innocence on reality shows and on the witness stand, went down hard.

Blagojevich

The guilty verdict caps an incredible story in which Rod Blagojevich infamously said, on a tapped phone, that the chance to appoint the Senate successor to Obama after he was elected president was "f---ing golden."

Not something to give away "for f---ing nothing," in other words.

He faces up to 300 years in prison, though sentencing guidelines are sure to reduce his time. Still, prosecutors will likely push to have him incarcerated.

Rod may not have a leg to stand on. The Feds had been investigating him for years before the senate seat incident (hence the number of charges).

A status hearing for sentencing was set for August 1.

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New York has become the latest state to permit gay marriage, passing a bill yesterday that has resulted in a celebration across Hollywood. A sample of excited Tweets from stars follows.

Sorry, David Tyree...

Lady Gaga, celebrating the news with fans below: “The revolution is ours to fight for love, justice+equality. Rejoice NY, and propose. We did it!!!"

Neil Patrick Harris: “It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!”

Eliiza Dushku: “Welcome to the present NY ;) #equality”

Lady Gaga and Fans

Kathy Griffin: “tonight we’re all New Yorkers! Straight & gay alike, let’s all celebrate marriage #equality. The right side of history!

Kerry Washington: "I’m proud of NY right now. Justice. Equality. Respect. Civil Rights for all.” WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO”

Lance Bass: “BIG BIG DAY FOR OUR FAMLIES 33-29 it passed!!!! Now lets educate people and make sure we make them feel comfortable with why this happened!”

Russel Brand: It is now legal to do a gay marriage in NYC @AlecBaldwin, carpe diem.

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Just weeks before he was indicted for alleged federal campaign law violations, the disgraced John Edwards reportedly asked for millions from a former donor.

In the past, reclusive heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon had given Edwards major financial support - support now central to the criminal case against him.

Edwards reportedly hit her up again this spring with a request for "millions of dollars," ABC reports, though we don't know why he asked or if she obliged.

Smilin' John

A lawyer for Mellon, who is expected to a key witness at John Edwards' criminal trial, declined to comment, as did a member of Edwards' legal team.

The disclosure comes weeks after Edwards was indicted on charges he broke myriad campaign finance laws to cover up an affair with Rielle Hunter.

A former staffer to his presidential bid, Hunter infamously gave birth to his love child, which was exposed after Edwards lost the 2008 primary.

The indictment claims Bunny Mellon allegedly gave Edwards at least $725,000, which later went toward hiding the pregnant Rielle Hunter.

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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann was “glittered” by a gay rights activist as she left the stage at a conservative conference in Minneapolis, Minn., on Saturday.

Get Equal, a California gay rights group, did the honors, citing Bachmann's support for a same-sex marriage ban and her “history of anti-gay rhetoric.”

“You can run, but you cannot hide! Keep your hate out of our Constitution!” shouted Rachel E. B. Lang, who threw glitter at the GOP presidential candidate.

Lang actually did a lackluster job with the glitter (which is really more like confetti), largely missing Bachmann before security hauled her off REALLY fast:

Get Equal said that Lang's words were a reference to to the conservative “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide” ministry for which Bachmann raised money.

Bachmann is not the first GOP presidential candidate to be glittered.

On Thursday, representatives from the groups Reproductive Rights and CODEPINK showered former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty with pink confetti.

Newt Gingrich was similarly hit with glitter at a book signing back in May. Basically, no Republican is safe. Well, except N.Y. State Sen. Roy McDonald.

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Republican State Sen. Roy McDonald is one of the few members of his party currently backing an initiative to legalize gay marriage in N.Y. State.

Today, in response to pressure from some conservatives opposed to the measure, McDonald gave a tremendous statement in his own defense.

According to the The N.Y. Daily News, the 64-year-old said THIS:

Sen. Roy McDonald

"You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing."

"You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, f--k it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing."

"I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can all take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background."

"I'm trying to do the right thing. That's where I'm going with this."

Somewhere, former Super Bowl hero David Tyree is very upset.

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Anthony Weiner will officially end his political career today, a Democratic party source tells CNN, resigning from Congress amidst an ever-growing sexting scandal.

The politician, considered a front-runner to replace Michael Bloomberg as Mayor of NYC in 2013, admitted June 6 that he had been lying for weeks and did, indeed, send inappropriate photos to a number of women online.

Since then, the mess has only grown more sordid.

Weiner

An actual picture of Weiner's penis surfaced last week, while leaked exchanges between him and stripper Ginger Lee indicated he attempted a cover up.

In recent days, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama encouraged Weiner to resign.

With his wife pregnant and his reputation turning uglier by the minute, it appears as if the Congressman has finally taken their advice.

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Gabrielle Giffords has taken a major step on her path to a full recovery.

The Arizona Congresswoman, who was shot in the head by a crazed gunman in January, was released from a hospital in Houston yesterday. She will soon begin outpatient care.

Gabrielle Giffords Facebook Pic

"We are very excited that she has reached the next phase of her rehabilitation," said Dr. Gerard Francisco, the hospital's chief medical officer, who will continue to supervise Giffords.

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Once a politician, always a politician. Look at that handsome, smiling face.

Going by these images, you'd never expect that former U.S. Senator John Edwards knocked up mistress Rielle Hunter while his wife was terminally ill, lied about it repeatedly, then allegedly covered it up with campaign funds.

But, here we are.

  • John Edwards Mug Shot
  • John Edwards Mugshot

Nice to see John Edwards is still having fun.

Edwards pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and campaign law violations. These mug shots were obtained by CNN. Goooo Freedom of Information Act!

The plea came after a grand jury indicted him on six counts, including conspiracy, issuing false statements and violating campaign finance laws.

The grand jury had been investigating whether money given to support Rielle Hunter by benefactors of Edwards' 2008 run for the presidency.

Their conclusion was that there was enough evidence to charge Edwards, who insists that despite his personal failings, he did not break the law.

A plea deal between Edwards and the U.S. Justice Department fell apart over the the DOJ's requirement that Edwards go to jail. He declined.

Guess he'll roll the dice at trial, where his chances of beating the rap are iffy. In the court of opinion, however, he's long since been convicted.

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Jon Stewart defending Sarah Palin is not something you see every day, but the media's obsession with her old emails necessitated a Daily Show rant.

In a segment called "P-mail," Stewart ripped the press for providing "full team coverage" of the arbitrary release date of Palin's non-urgent messages.

Stewart notes, accurately, that the media harps on Palin for a sense of inflated self-importance, yet behavior like this contributes directly to it ...

It is absurd, really. At this point, all the classic Sarah Palin moments have been found and scrutinized to no end. What did they expect to discover?!

"For some reason, the media went DEFCON 1," Stewart said, rolling clips of news outlets disappointed by an apparent lack of any major scandals.

In one segment, CNN describes an email from someone complaining, "Palin was spotted with Trig in a car not wearing an approved car seat."

"That story better end with Palin getting out of the car and beating the woman with a tire iron," Stewart said. "Otherwise, why waste our time?"

Seriously. She resigned two years ago and is not running for office now. Let it go ... or at least start digging through Michele Bachmann emails.

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