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    You never know who could be watching you while you're doing something totally gross, like picking your nose or squeezing your blackheads. That is, of course, unless you are a high(ish)-profile politician who is used to attending meetings in which TV cameras are positioned all over the room. Then there is no excuse for your disgusting behavior.

    Clearly, Congressman Joe Garcia from Florida did not get this message because he was recently caught on video picking his ear and then eating it. Wait, people actually do that? Of course, the footage quickly went viral and now it will be impossible for this man's colleagues to shake his hand without thinking, ew, I know where those fingers have been.

    What was he thinking?!

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    Oh Ann. Ann, Ann, Ann. SIGH. By now you've probably seen Ann Coulter's response to the #BringBackOurGirls meme: #BringBackOurCountry. Okay, fine -- we definitely need to do more about the 300 kidnapped Nigerian school girls than post selfies. But Ann's gesture struck me as mean-spirited, tone-deaf, desperate attention-mongering troll bait more than anything else. And anyway, what's wrong with showing interest in and support for an international cause?

    But back to Ann Coulter. Within minutes of her post you could hear a thud throughout the Twitterverse and the words RELEASE THE KRACKEN. Oh yes, it was time for everyone to mock Ann Coulter. And mock they did. Here are some of the best (and cleanest) Twitter responses to #BringBackOurCountry.

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    A woman who wrote a memoir detailing her story of Holocaust survival has been ordered to pay her publisher back $22.5 million after it came to light that she made the entire thing up. Misha Defonseca, now 76, isn't even Jewish.

    Defonseca's 1997 best-seller Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years was found to be a fraud after she and ghostwriter Vera Lee sued Mt. Ivy Press and company founder Jane Daniel for hiding profits. Eventually they won a $32.4 million judgment (of which Defonseca received $22.5 million), but the whole thing led Daniel to discover the truth of her fantastical tale.

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    Well this move is sure to be a controversial one -- and heartbreaking for one mother who must cope with an unimaginable amount of grief. The show 48 Hours is going to air parts of a voicemail that were recorded as a woman was being murdered.

    Danielle Thomas's 2012 murder will be featured on the show on Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET. She was a Weight Watchers executive who was strangled by her live-in boyfriend, Jason Bohn, a lawyer, in New York. Apparently on Thomas' phone, a four-minute message was recorded during which she begged for her life. It was played during Bohn's trial, but outside the courtroom, no one else has heard it.

    This must be heartbreaking, to say the least, for Danielle's mother, Janie Thomas Bright, who said, "I don't think I can bear to hear her voice."

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    Here we go again, America. Another magazine has put a breastfeeding mom on its cover, only to face controversy. Hip Mama magazine opted to feature a self-portrait by Barcelona-based artist Ana Alvarez-Errecalde on the cover of its May issue. In the photo, Alvarez-Errecalde is seen with a Spider-Man mask on her face, breastfeeding her 4-year-old, who is also clad in Spider-Man garb.

    Cute mother and son shot? Hip Mama editor Ariel Gore thought it was gorgeous, and she posted the cover to Facebook to let readers know the issue would hit newsstands next month. That’s when the trouble started. Vendors told Gore not to send the magazine; they wouldn’t put it on newsstands. Then Facebook banned the image.

    So what’s a magazine about motherhood to do when vendors have a problem with moms? The Stir asked Gore how Hip Mama is handling the controversy.

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    George Zimmerman has spoken for the first time since he was acquitted for the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin -- and the man didn't hold back the hellish details of his current life, as well as his surprising future career ambitions. In a Spanish-language interview with Univision, Zimmerman said he suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and that he has to live with bodyguards and bullet-proof vests because he continues to receive death threats.

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    So that interracial Cheerios family is back. You know the one -- they caused quite the commotion last year, because zomg sometimes people with different skin colors fall in love and get married and have children!

    Anyway, they’re back for round two, so obviously that means Republicans are racists. Wait, what? Ah, MSNBC ... able to leap from an adorable ad about family and cereal to name calling conservatives in a single bound! The network tweeted Wednesday night, “Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family.”

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    Oh. No. Just about a week after Time depicted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as nothing more than, as Slate described, "a pointy heel trampling an emasculated dude," here comes The New York Times Magazine with their ridiculous interpretation of the Democratic 2016 presidential election frontrunner. NYT staffer David Joachim tweeted a preview of the newspaper's Sunday magazine cover, stating that it shows Hillary "as you've never seen her." That's for damn sure.

    Check it out ...

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    Oh Wendy Davis, the gift that keeps on giving. Was it really just last summer when she was being touted as the epitome of feminism? Remember when she filibustered for hours on the Texas statehouse floor to ban a bill that would’ve limited abortion to the first five months of a pregnancy, and demanded that doctors give their patients a phone number to follow up with if there were any complications? Hero!

    Anyway, Davis capitalized on her insta-fame by tossing her hat in the ring for Texas governor. She’s likely to square off with state Attorney General Greg Abbott next November, as Governor Rick Perry finally steps down after eleventy-jillion terms (OK, it was three and a half … but still, that’s a lot. An entire generation of Texans has never known a non-Rick Perry Texas).

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    Wowza. Controversial political commentator Glenn Beck was on Fox News on Tuesday night, lamenting his time as a host on the network. He told Megyn Kelly on her primetime show that despite having an “awful lot of fun,” he regrets his contribution to the divisive political climate in our country.

    “I remember it as an awful lot of fun and that I made an awful lot of mistakes, and I wish I could go back and be more uniting in my language because I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart,” he said.

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