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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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President Obama is feeling the pressure to compete financially with Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, despite his inherent advantage as an incumbent.

The GOP challenger is running neck-in-neck with him in both polls and fundraising, leaving Obama sounding the alarm to his deep-pocketed backers.

And after smashing records in 2008, raising over $746 million from a historic donor roll of 3 million names, Obama appears on pace to do it again.

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Still, Obama and Democrats are sounding the alarm for what would seem to be unthinkable: behind outraised and outspent by Romney in 2012.

"We see where we stand, and right now on a month-to-month basis, we've fallen behind," Obama told donors on a call direct from Air Force One.

"We just can't be outspent 10 to 1," Obama said, according to The Daily Beast.

"That's what happened in Wisconsin recently. The Koch brothers and their allies spent more than the other side's entire campaign, our side's entire campaign."

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Seeking an image makeover for himself and his impoverished, rogue nation, North Korea's youthful supreme leader is implementing some new social policies.

Among them: Allowing women to wear pants, platform shoes and earrings, making mobile phones available, and endorsing previously banned foods like pizza.

Kim Jong Un, 28, who took over after the death of Kim Jong Il last year, is also giving kids free trips to zoos and amusement parks. What a guy, right?

Kim Jong Un Image

Following in the footsteps of his late grandfather, the country's founder Kim Il Sung, he has announced plans to create a "children's heaven nation."

"It's part of his plan to imitate a warm, fatherly impression," said Dong Yong-Sueng, North Korea specialist at Samsung Economic Research Institute.

Kim Jong Un clearly wants to establish an image that harkens back to what some North Koreans nostalgically remember as better times in the 1970s.

Under his grandfather, the country's founder Kim Il Sung, the country was economically backed by the USSR and had sufficient food to feed the nation.

Kim Jong Il, by contrast, was seen as a strong but cold leader. His reign, which began in 1994, was marked by escalating conflict and soaring poverty.

The image of the leader has significance in a tightly controlled society, and Kim Jong Un has sought to embrace the youthful energy of the country.

Whether cellphones and pizza accomplish that remains to be seen.

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After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Obamacare on Thursday, the President who fought and sacrificed for the controversial law praised the 5-4 ruling.

While the court placed limitations on Congress' power to regulate commerce and the U.S. government's ability to restrict state funds, the law stood.

The survival of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) - pejoratively or affectionately called Obamacare - signaled a major victory for Barack Obama.

"Today's decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives are more secure because of this law," Obama said in a televised statement.

"I know the debate over this law has been divisive," he added. "It should be pretty clear that I didn't do this because it was good politics."

"I did it because I believe it is good for the country."

Obama encouraged on his Twitter account for Americans to share what the Supreme Court ruling means to them and some celebrities did just that.

Here's a sampling of some stars' reactions ...

Jason Alexander: "I applaud the Supreme Court and congratulate the President today. The bill isn't perfect, we can fix it, but it's the right direction."

Piers Morgan: "Must be a lot of people watching Obama's SCOTUS speech just now, thinking: 'That's why we voted for him.'"

Bette Midler: "Obama Health Care passes! The wing nuts must be boiling!"

Deepak Chopra: "I will be honored to be taxed for compassionate health care."

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After touching down in Riga, the capital of Latvia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton set a record by visiting her 100th country as America's top diplomat.

The previous record for any other secretary was 96. Clinton has also visited 22 other countries prior to her cabinet post, making her career tally 122!

Since 2009, Clinton has completed 70 trips, spent 337 days on the road and more than 73 days on the plane, equaling over 1,750 hours, her staff says.

Hope they have a good data plan for all those texts from Hillary!

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With media attention focused on politics at home, especially after the Supreme Court health care ruling, Clinton continues to travel (and run) the world.

Dressed in a navy suit, Clinton seemed unfazed by the mileage as she shook hands with Latvian President Andris Berzins at Riga Castle this week.

"I wanted to save a very consequential number for Latvia!" she said proudly ... before heading off to Finland, Latvia and Russia within 24 hours.

Here are the 100 countries the Secretary of State, the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic nomination if she decides to run, has traveled ...

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The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare and its individual insurance mandate today, although Fox News and CNN apparently expected a different outcome.

They were so surprised, they reported it was struck down!

Many in the media expected the Supreme Court to throw out the 2010 Affordable Care Act, but no one officially knew until the ruling at 10:15 Thursday.

Looks like CNN and Fox News jumped the gun. Fail.

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The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling established that the law, which mandates citizens have health insurance, is constitutional, since not doing so results in a tax.

Nonetheless, Fox's ticker initially reported that individual mandate had been declared “unconstitutional,” while CNN said the mandate had been “struck down.”

Both networks ultimately corrected their reports, but not before their utter idiocy was disseminated throughout the Twitterverse. Really, guys, awesome work.

It's unclear if they were merely confused by the court's extensive 193-page ruling or if they had that text ready to go ahead of time and forgot to change it.

In any case, as HitFix's Alan Sepinwall joked, this would make for a great episode of The Newsroom ... in two years, with the full benefit of hindsight.

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Are you ready, THG readers, to play everyone's favorite new game: Pick Out the Immigrant... starring Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez!

With most of the political world reacting today to the Supreme Court upholding Barack Obama's healthcare plan, it's worth also noting that Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) took the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday and expressed his disdain for the Arizona immigration policy that, essentially, allows police offers to ask for the identification of any resident, merely based on his/her appearance.

"In Arizona today, all that stands between you and a legal nightmare is whether a police officer feels there is a reasonable suspicion to inquire about your country of origin. Yet, Arizona politicians will tell you with a straight face no less, that they can apply this law without using racial profiling."

Gutierrez then aimed to prove these folks wrong by posting several images of celebrities and asking Congressmen to determine which is the immigrant. Watch for yourself:

"The point is simple," Gutierrez concludes. "The idea that any government official can determine who belongs in America and who doesn't simply by looking at them is completely ridiculous, unfair and un-American ... and yet this absurdity is the law of Arizona."

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In a somewhat surprising and extremely controversial decision, the Supreme Court upheld President Obama's signature health care law Thursday morning.

The 2010 law's mandate that every American purchase health insurance or face a fine had been challenged on constitutional grounds by 26 U.S. states.

The mandate was upheld as a tax, however, by a 5-4 vote.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal wing of the Supreme Court. Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog says Roberts effectively "saved' the Affordable Care Act.

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Opponents cast the law, known pejoratively as "Obamacare," as the federal government forcing citizens to enter a market and buy a product against their will.

The government countered that the law was actually only regulating an existing market, as everyone requires health care at some point in his or her life.

Roberts and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer sided with the government and declared the law valid.

Ginsburg, Kagan, Sotomayor and Breyer agreed that the individual mandate should be upheld as part of Congress' power to regulate interstate commerce.

Roberts disagreed, writing that the mandate is actually a tax, despite the Obama administration's reluctance to describe it that way during the bill's passage.

In any case, however, he declared the law constitutional as such, writing:

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A majority respondents to a new survey say President Barack Obama is better suited to handle an alien invasion than GOP nominee-in-waiting Mitt Romney.

Yes, someone actually polled this.

"We wanted the pulse on people's opinions," said Brad Dancer of National Geographic, who conducted the survey for the new series "Chasing UFOs."

"We wanted to get a sense of how Americans view UFOs, what people believe and how mainstream pop culture may or may not play into their opinions."

Obama vs. Romney

For whatever reason, nearly 65 percent of respondents said Obama would be better suited to handle a theoretical alien invasion than Romney.

Obama trumped Romney across the board, winning broad support from women (68 percent), men (61 percent) and those aged 18-64 (68 percent).

During a May visit to the White House by the actor Will Smith and his family, Obama was quizzed by Smith's 13-year-old son, Jaden, about aliens.

"OK, I can neither confirm or deny the existence of extraterrestrials," Obama said from the White House Situation Room, according to Will.

"But I can tell you if there had been a top secret meeting, and if there would have been a discussion about it, it would have taken place in this room."

No idea how Obama would poll against some top movie presidents.

Who would you vote for if the election were today?

 

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