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Speaking before an already-skeptical NAACP crowd, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney raised eyebrows Wednesday when he said he'd do more for the African-American community than Barack Obama, the nation's first black president.

He then drew jeers when he lambasted Obama's health care law.

After promising to repeal Obamacare, which will help an estimated seven million uninsured African-Americans obtain coverage, he heard it from the audience ...

"If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him," Romney unflinchingly told the group.

Pausing as some in the crowd heckled, he added, "You take a look!"

"For real?" yelled someone in the crowd at the annual convention.

The reception was rocky at times, though generally polite as the GOP hopeful sought to woo a Democratic bloc that voted heavily for Obama in 2008.

They will undoubtedly do so again, but Romney gets credit for even showing to an event that could not be farther from his political wheelhouse.

Romney's best moments came when his comments about improving education and employment for the lower and middle classes drew applause.

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If you thought the floor of the U.S. Congress was a dysfunctional war zone, this may restore your faith in our government somewhat: Mohammed Shawabka, a member of Jordan's parliament, recently threw a shoe and pulled a gun in a LIVE TV debate.

Shawabka heaved his shoe and then pointed his piece at Mansour Seif-Eddine Murad, an activist-turned-politician, during a TV debate about the violence in Syria. 

You gotta see this:

Reports say heated words were exchanged, with Murad eventually accusing Shawabka of being an Israeli Mossad agent and a thief. That was the last straw.

Shawabka threw his shoe at Murad, who dodged with aplomb, and then pulled a gun. Furniture started flying and the terrified host tried to separate them.

And... end credits!

The AP reports that Shawabka is being investigated for his role in the altercation, which fortunately ended with no one injured or killed. Shocking.

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Brad Pitt's mother, Jane Pitt, has been targeted by critics and even with death threats after a letter she wrote last week to her local Missouri newspaper.

Jane Pitt's letter expressed support for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, citing his opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion as two reasons.

Given Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's staunch support of gay rights, the letter came as a surprise to many, and subjected Jane to a firestorm of criticism.

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Brad's brother Doug Pitt defended their mom, if not her political views, while Jane said she would no longer be commenting to the media on the letter.

Others were not so diplomatic, to say the least.

Reaction was swift on Twitter, where one user, I Bleed Gaga wrote, "BRAD PITT'S MOM WROTE AN ANTI-GAY PRO-ROMNEY EDITORIAL. KILL THE B***H."

Another named Sandy Kownacka wrote, "Brad Pitt's mom, die."

Others stiil wrote: "F**k you, brad pitt's mom, the gay community made your kid a star, you whacko," and, "Brad Pitt's mom is a dumb c***."

Okay, people. Chill. As Doug said, it's alright to disagree, but can't we keep things civil? No need to threaten a senior citizen's life over this.

Same-sex marriage:

 

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North Korea's image makeover may entail allowing such luxuries as pizza and earrings into the country, but make no mistake, their propaganda machine is still firing on all cylinders: Kim Jong Un now has his own theme song.

Yes, the supreme leader/dictator/whatever has a theme song.

Unlike the songs honoring his late father (Kim Jong Il) and grandfather (Kim Il Sung), Kim Jong Un’s theme doesn’t mention the "Great Successor" by name,

Instead, the song is basically a mashup/remix of one of his speeches. “Onwards Toward the Final Victory,” takes its name from a speech he gave in April.

The theme song is part of a concerted effort to build up the image of relative newcomer Kim Jong Un, 28, who recently assumed power in the rogue state.

“Onwards Toward the Final Victory,” is catchy enough to be a Selena Gomez track, but this is North Korea, so you can't believe anything it says lyrically.

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Wayne Brady is known as a nice guy, but a recent comment by Bill Maher about President Barack Obama does not have him feeling like one at the moment.

Speaking to Aisha Tyler on her podcast, Girl on Guy, he took issue with fellow comedian Maher for referring to President Obama as "your Wayne Brady."

He also slammed Maher for his reputed "preference for black women."

"That means it's a diss to Obama to be called me because he wants a brother brother," he said. "Just because you f*%k black hookers, just because you had that particular black experience ... I have to stop myself from getting into it."

"I realize if I had gone on his show, or even doing it online, I'm not going to win. As soon as you back off, he still has his platform to say whatever he wants to."

But he didn't back off just yet.

Brady said to prove "how black Wayne Brady is," he would "gladly slap the shit out of Bill Maher in front of Coco and Ebony and Fox, three ladies of the night he has hired."

Your move, Bill.

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Rielle Hunter's new tell-all What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me contains many seedy revelations, but this one may take the cake.

Elizabeth Edwards kept a photo of John Edwards and Rielle as her screensaver to not-so-subtly torment her cheating husband, Hunter claims in her book.

In a book excerpt printed in People, Hunter, who bashes Elizabeth Edwards repeatedly, described how the cancer-stricken wife first reacted to their affair:

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  • Smilin' John
  • A Rielle Pic

"Elizabeth requested all the tapes (I’d made of the campaign, as a videographer). On one tape she saw Johnny walking into a room and his reaction to seeing me."

"She apparently told him that he never once looked at her the way he looked at me. So she took that bit and put it on her computer as a screen saver."

"The poor woman thought she was tormenting her cheating husband, using the image as a painful reminder of his foolish, political career-killing indiscretion."

"But in an attempt to punish John, Elizabeth was ultimately just tormenting herself."

If one can be tormented in the afterlife by events here on Earth, she likely is by Hunter and her book. Especially this excerpt near the end:

“I’m still in love with John. That didn’t go away, shockingly enough. Marriage? I have no idea. I’m not a big fan of the institution, but never say never.”

Except that Rielle Hunter and John Edwards just broke up. Oh well.

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Outspoken N.J. Gov. Chris Christie got into a heated altercation with a heckler on a Jersey Shore boardwalk Thursday night, and it was all caught on tape.

The popular but controversial Republican was hanging with his family in Seaside Heights when some guy made snide comments about education policy.

Christie, 49, was far from pleased, walking toward the heckler and saying, "You're a real big shot ... you're a real big shot shootin' your mouth off."

If nothing else, it's worth watching Christie in a short-sleeve shirt eating ice cream on the same boardwalk the Jersey Shore gang hangs out on ...

The man shouted, "Nah, just take care of the teachers!" Now more heated, Chris Christie shouted, "Keep walkin' away ... really good ... keep walkin'!"

The heckler's comments likely stem from Christine's recent bill expanding public funding for charter schools, rather than struggling public schools.

Christie has been rumored as a possible GOP V.P. candidate, but his bluntness, temper and unpredictability could work as much against him as for him.

In recent years, he's called reporters "stupid" and "idiots" and mixed it up with citizens at town hall meetings, becoming a political YouTube star.

He also told people to "get the hell off the beach" because "I am not messing around" during Hurricane Irene last summer, which was awesome.

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50 Cent and George W. Bush celebrate birthdays today. Give it up for firearms!

In a week that has already marked America's 236th birthday, as well as milestones for the bikini (66), Malia Obama (14), The Situation (30), Tom Cruise (50) and Lindsay Lohan (26 going on 47), we honor some all-stars today as well.

The only question? Will guns be more popular at the b-day party of 50 Cent ...

  • Bush Oh Face
  • 50 Cent, Hat
  • Sly Stallone

... or at the bash of our uber-intelligent 43rd President, George Walker Bush!?

We may never know the answer, but we wish 50 (36) and W (66) the best.

Also celebrating another year older and wiser (in some cases) today:

Nancy Reagan (91), Tia and Tamera Mowry (34), Brandon Jacobs (30), The Dalai Lama (77), Sly Stallone (pictured, 66) and Ned Beatty (75).

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Brad Pitt has been a vocal advocate for gay rights, so it came as a bit of a surprise to learn that his mom write an editorial in her local Missouri newspaper that supports presidential candidate Mitt Romney's conservative views on homosexuality.

Springfield's News-Leader confirms that the author is Brad's mom.

Jane Pitt's letter was primarily penned to express support for Romney, in response to a previous News-Leader editorial urging readers to shun the Republican's bid to unseat President Barack Obama because of his Mormon beliefs.

Jane Pitt and Brad Pitt

In her response, which was published on Tuesday, she wrote:

"I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is Mormon."

"Anyone who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama - a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years and did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer."

Obama, she writes, is "a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage. I hope all Christians give their vote prayerful consideration because voting is a sacred privilege and a serious responsibility."

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Mitt Romney's latest TV ad uses old, unrelated footage of Hillary Clinton - a popular figure from President Obama's own party and cabinet - to drive home his point.

One of the oldest tricks in the book, but effective.

The Romney campaign would say it's not necessarily unrelated, either, as the new ad uses clips of Clinton railing against Obama for lying about her record.

The GOP challenger is accusing him of the same behavior today.

"Shame on you, Barack Obama," Clinton says in footage from the 2008 Democratic primary, recycled in the spot for Romney, who hopes to unseat him in 2012:

The Romney ad uses the Clinton footage to back up a recent Washington Post article about an Obama ad accusing Romney of outsourcing jobs overseas.

Obama's claim about Mitt Romney's record while he was governor of Massachusetts was "misleading, unfair and untrue," according to the commercial.

"But that's Barack Obama," a narrator in the Romney ad declares. "He also attacked Hillary Clinton with vicious lies." Clinton did, at one point, allege this.

"He continues to spend millions of dollars perpetuating falsehoods," Clinton said in early 2008 footage now used to discredit Obama's claims about Romney.

Clinton, now Obama's Secretary of State and the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic nomination, regardless of what happens this year, had no comment.

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