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    Another day in politics, another breaking sex scandal. And because this one involves a Republican, the media is all up in arms over hypocrisy and integrity of the office. Add to the mix that Vance McAllister was endorsed by the controversial Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame, well, it has some people wondering if there should be a House Ethics investigation.

    The freshman GOP congressman won his House seat in a special election last November, beating out state Sen. Neil Riser, who had the support of popular Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Some sources claim he did so by gaining the support of the Robertsons, some of the country's most outspoken Christians.

    It doesn't look good for the married father of five after video emerged Monday of him passionately kissing a married female staffer.

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    The woman who became semi-famous after Rush Limbaugh asked if she was a slut for demanding government-sponsored birth control looks to be very seriously considering a run for Congress.

    Sandra Fluke has filed and paid the fee to obtain the endorsement of the California Democratic Party, although she has not officially entered the race to replace the retiring Henry Waxman in his west L.A. district.

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    Scarlett Johansson's ad for SodaStream has been nothing but controversial since word of it first broke. Pretty ridiculous for something as innocuous as a machine that's biggest crime is sharing this message of terror: Make your own soda at home. The ad was banned for slamming Coke and Pepsi, which was a pretty tame reason for getting the boot.

    But the latest dirt on Scarlett's sponsorship of SodaStream is a little bit more complicated. You see, Scarlett is known for her political activism and humanitarian efforts. For eight years she's been a spokesperson for the humanitarian group Oxfam -- until now. Scarlett stepped down from the group, saying in a public statement that it was over a "fundamental difference of opinion." Was that the case, or is Scarlett selling out?

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    In last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. He even made some quippy comment about it being easy to remember because it’s 10-10. I’m hyucking at you, speechwriters.

    Anyway, that’s a terrible, horrible, rotten, no good, very bad idea. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25, so raising it to $10.10 is quite the substantial increase. I know, $7.25 isn’t really a living wage, yada yada, it’s not fair that people have to make that little amount of money, and so on and so forth.

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    Welcome to the first ever State of the Union live blogging event on The Stir! I'll be arguing debating chatting with my esteemed colleague, Jenny Erikson, throughout President Obama's speech. Am I just drinking the liberal Kool-Aid? Will Jenny like any of Obama's proposed policies? Keep your eyes on this page -- and hitting that refresh button -- as we discuss!

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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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    Throughout history, a handful of presidents have admitted to smoking a little bit of recreational pot here and there. But few have openly discussed their views on the drug -- particularly if their ideas about it fall more in line with what a college student might think than that of your average conservative politician. Barack Obama kind of just went for it when he revealed in an interview with the New Yorker that he considers marijuana less dangerous than alcohol. Depending on how you feel about the drug, this is either one of the most dangerous statements a president has made in a long while, or the most obvious one ever. 

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    On MSNBC over the weekend, there was a panel on Melissa Harris-Perry's show in which they were doing a year-end wrap-up, since, you know, it’s the last week of 2013. So basically, the panelists were shown photos from this year and asked to caption them.

    Harris-Perry showed a photograph of Mitt and Ann Romney surrounded by their many grandchildren, including an adorable baby sitting on the Governor’s lap who happens to be adopted. Oh yeah, he’s black too.

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    For several years, Republicans have had an elephant in the room sitting on their chances of winning the hearts and minds of the majority of Americans ... Yup, it's their "women problem," which House Speaker John Boehner finally owned up to today! "Some of our members just aren't as sensitive as they ought to be," Boehner noted. And according to a report from Politico, his actions speak even louder than his words: Boehner aides have been gathering with GOP staffers to help them fine-tune their messaging to women. Ha.

    Well, in an effort to tackle this ginormous problem, perhaps they may want to review some of the most recent, misogynistic gaffes their fellow party members have delivered! Here, six of the most cringe-worthy quotes Republican representatives have hurled at the ladies and that are now costing them big in elections ...

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