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An unidentified woman missed her American Airlines flight last week because staff found her choice of clothing offensive, according to news reports.

That's because it bore a statement that first appeared at a pro-choice rally this year: "If I wanted the government in my womb, I'd f--k a senator."

The woman, identified only as "O," said of the incident, "When I boarded, I was one of the first groups to board (did not pass by many folks)."

"I was wearing my shawl loosely around my neck and upon sitting down, the lady next to me, who was already seated, praised me for wearing the shirt."

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Yet a flight attendant told her that she needed to speak with the captain before making her connecting flight because the shirt was offensive.

The captain informed her that she shouldn't have been allowed to board in the first place, and would need to change before her connecting flight.

According to the woman, this caused her to miss her connection.

She says the airline called ahead to the connecting gate to tell agents there that "O" needed to change her shirt, but not to hold the flight.

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Chris Hayes, a political commentator on MSNBC, has created quite a stir - on Memorial Day of all days - for remarks he made yesterday in regard to the designation of military personnel as "heroes."

The journalist said he feels "uncomfortable" throwing that word about because it is "so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war." In other words: How can we refer to someone as heroic if we disagree with the cause for which he or she died?

It certainly seems like an odd way to make a point about war. Surely we can differentiate between policy and the troops carrying out that policy in the name of a country they love, can't we? Watch the clip and form your own opinion.

Should Chris Hayes apologize for these comments?

 

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President Barack Obama's pot-smoking past is detailed in Barack Obama: The Story, a new biography of the Commander-in-Chief by David Maraniss, who had previously revealed Obama's early girlfriends (including Genevieve Cook) in Vanity Fair.

The President himself has been remarkably and refreshingly candid about his past drug use, but new details of Obama smoking marijuana with his buddies at Hawaii's Punahou School are still setting the web ablaze (sorry).

The President of the United States

Maraniss writes, "When a joint was making the rounds, [Obama] often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted 'Intercepted!' and took an extra hit."

Yeah. Let's all take a moment and let that image sink in.

"But Obama's buddies, who called themselves the "Choom Gang," didn't mind him messing up the rotation," he continues. "After all, this was Hawaii."

Indeed. That's not all. Maraniss writes that Obama was known for starting a trend called "TA," short for "total absorption." Use your imagination.

"When you were with 'Barry' and pals, if you exhaled precious pakalolo (Hawaiian slang for marijuana, meaning "numbing tobacco") instead of absorbing it fully into your lungs, you were assessed a penalty," writes the author.

"Your turn was skipped the next time the joint came around."

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Mitt Romney's "Day One" ads, outlining what he'd do in his first 24 hours on the job, sure make it sound like he'd be a good President of the United States.

But are they realistic?

Some things he promises in the TV spots, such as expediting the Keystone pipeline and ending Obamacare, he probably could do, or at least play a major role in.

Others, such as lifting job-killing regulations and lowering the unemployment rate, are more nebulous. It's easier to run for President than to be President.

Watch the ads below and see what the Republican's presidency would look like ... or at least how he envisions it in an idealized campaign commercial.

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When you're the most powerful and famous person on Earth, every photo gives way to the next in a matter of hours if not minutes. Except this one.

By popular demand, it's remained on display at his office since 2009.

An "aw"-inducing photo hangs in the White House's West Wing showing President Obama leaning over to allow a 5-year-old boy to touch his hair.

The New York Times reveals the back story that led to the picture:

Patting Obama

The boy in the picture is Jacob Philadelphia of Columbia, Md.

Three years ago this month, his father, Carlton, a former Marine, was leaving the White House staff after a two-year stint on the National Security Council.

As departing staff members often do, Mr. Philadelphia asked for a family photograph with the Commander-in-Chief, who happily obliged.

When the pictures were taken and the family was about to leave, Mr. Philadelphia told Mr. Obama that his sons each had a question ...

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Glee star Jane Lynch narrates a new documentary about LGBT rights in America, featuring a candid interview with President Obama and doubling as a de facto campaign ad for the reelection-seeking Commander-in-Chief in 2012.

The documentary-style commercial highlights Obama's achievements over the past three years, most notably ending the military's Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy and most recently coming out with full support for same-sex marriage.

The Prez even name-checks Lady Gaga. Check it out below:

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told CNN Wednesday that he had "no problem" with gay marriage, but after a week of talk show appearances he's made it clear he's still not ready to endorse its latest champion, Barack Obama.

The Republican famously, and somewhat surprisingly, backed him in 2008.

Supporting gay marriage is also a change for Powell, who had officially been opposed to it for years. But he made it clear while, promoting his new book, It Worked For Me, that he's supportive of the right of same-sex couples to marry.

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Obama's historic backing of same-sex marriage prompted Newsweek to dub him the first gay president, and has stirred both praise and criticism nationally.

His lack of endorsement of Obama is not necessarily a boon to his likely GOP opponent, however. Powell has yet to throw his support to Mitt Romney either.

The Los Angeles Times said Powell may still be "putting his thumb on the scale in the president's favor" as he criticized Romney's foreign policy blunders.

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"Some complain on Twitter about Obama."

So began Alec Baldwin in a Tuesday Twitter rant about the 2012 presidential election, in which it's safe to say he will not be voting for Mitt Romney.

Baldwin referred to Romney, President Obama's likely opponent, as "a corporate puppet" whose election would mean a return to "lying thieves in the White House who make war under false pretenses in order to make $ for their friends."

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Alec asked, "You wanna go back? To Bush? Cheney? Paulson? Rumsfeld? Unfunded wars? Death of US soldiers and innocent civilians for oil?"

Baldwin criticized Mitt Romney's pro-business positions and said that the GOP will only "squander more US natural resources, revenue and perhaps lives."

Though he allowed that "America is competitive" and "there are winners and losers every day," he maintained that this alone doesn't solve problems.

"The America I love believes that all deserve some modicum of care and security," he said, ending his missive with a simple "Obama 2012."

If the election were held today, for whom would you vote?

 

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a rising political star in the Democratic party and surrogate for President Obama's re-election campaign, made headlines by criticizing the president's re-election team on Sunday for its negative ads.

Not typically what you want from guys on your own side.

The ads focusing on likely opponent Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital drew the ire of Booker, who called such a line of attack "nauseating."

Booker, who you may remember from saving his neighbor from a house fire this year, went on to clarify and reiterate his support for Obama.

Nevertheless, Booker's remarks illustrate the careful line the Obama team must walk as it tries to define Romney as a corporate raider out of touch with the middle class, yet not appearing to criticize the private equity industry overall.

Republicans, starting Sunday, pounced on Booker's remarks, while the Obama camp tried to tailor Booker's remarks to defend its ongoing attacks.

On NBC's Meet the Press, Booker said the negative ads in the campaign are "nauseating to me on both sides. It's nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough."

"Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright."

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A year after he put "birther" rumors to rest by releasing his birth certificate, President Obama's background is back in the news again ... with a twist.

An old bio of Obama from his former literary agent says he was born in Kenya, renewing debate over the authenticity of his own account(s) of his past.

You could essentially call this "reverse birtherism."

In 2011, Obama proved he was born in the U.S., but did he lie in the past about being Kenyan-born to craft a more exotic, interesting-sounding background?

Obama Born in Kenya?

According to a booklet produced by Acton & Dystel, to showcase its roster of writers, Obama was "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."

Obama's former literary agency says they merely misidentified his birthplace as Kenya while trying to promote the then-Harvard Law grad in 1991.

Miriam Goderich edited the text of the bio; she is now a partner at the Dystel & Goderich agency, which lists Obama as one of its current clients.

"This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me - an agency assistant at the time," Goderich wrote in an emailed statement to Yahoo News.

"There was never any information given to us by Obama suggesting he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii ... [it was] a simple mistake and nothing more."

Breitbart.com, the site founded by the late Andrew Breitbart, broke this story as part of "The Vetting," its ongoing series about Obama's past.

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