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Romney to Fox News: “I’m Not a Flip-Flopper”

Mitt Romney sat down Tuesday for a lengthy interview with Bret Baier of Fox News.

Mr. Baier started off by asking Mr. Romney about his changes in political positions over the years. Mr. Romney disputed Mr. Baier’s list, declaring, “Well, Bret, your list is just not accurate. So, one, we’re going to have to be better informed about my views on issues” — and chalked it up to “Democratic ads.”

“And there’s no question, but that people are going to take snippets and take things out of context and try and show that there are differences, where in some cases, there are not,” Romney said. “But one place I changed my mind with regard to the government’s role relating abortion. I am pro-life.

“I did not take that position years ago. And that’s the same change that occurred with Ronald Reagan, with George W. Bush, with some of the leaders in the pro-life movement.”

Romney also disputed the idea that he had ever recommended the Massachusetts health care model of the individual mandate be adopted nationwide.

“So, governor,” Baier said, “you did say on camera and other places that, at times, you thought it would be a model for the nation.”

“You’re wrong, Bret.”

“No, no. There’s tape —”

“The tape out there — continue to read the tape, and the tape goes on to say for each state to be able to look at it.”

At one point, an exasperated Romney declared:

And if I were willing to say anything to get elected, wouldn’t I just say, oh, it was a mistake, because I’ve watched other people on the stage. When they talk about their cap and trade policies, they say, oh, that was a mistake. When someone says, oh, I did this ad on global warming, that was a mistake.

So, they just dust it aside, and that makes them more attractive in a primary. I’m standing by what I did in Massachusetts. I’ve tried to dust it aside. The biggest issue that dogs me in the primary campaign, I’m absolutely firm that it was the right thing for our state. I’ll defend that. And I understand it has political implications, and if it keeps me from winning a primary, so be it. But that happens to be the truth.

Watch the full interview at Fox News.

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Comedian Patrice O’Neal Dead at 41

Comedian Patrice O’Neal died Tuesday morning of complications from a stroke he suffered one month ago. He was forty-one.

Mr. O’Neal was a regular guest on several TV and radio shows, including Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn and The Opie and Anthony Show. He appeared in films, guest-starred on several popular television shows (you may remember him as T-Bone the “flamer” on Arrested Development) and helped grill Charlie Sheen during his Comedy Central roast.

Comedy Central has set up a tribute page to the comedian and will air his special, Elephant in the Room, tonight at 8 p.m. and again at midnight.

Mr. O’Neal’s death has triggered an outpouring of condolences, shock and grief from fans on his official Facebook page and on Twitter.

Via The Washington Post.

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Makers of SimCity Have Fun with Herman Cain Tax Plan

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Presidential candidate Herman Cain swears he didn’t get the idea for his nine-nine-nine tax plan from SimCity, but the makers of the game are having fun with the connection.

On Monday afternoon, Electronic Arts lowered the price of SimCity games on its website to $9.99, a ten dollar discount.

It has also put out a video about the similarities between Cain’s plan and the default tax rates in the game SimCity 4, which were first noted by The Huffington Post.

The video ponders the origins of Cain’s plan, with cameos by video game versions of President Barack Obama, Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

In a video aired Friday night on The Rachel Maddow Show, a reporter asked Cain about the relationship between nine-nine-nine and SimCity. “You said you had original ideas, successful people around you thinking ideas up,” the reporter said. “Is it an original idea or modeled after a game?”

“It’s an original idea, and to people who say it’s modeled after a game — it’s a lie,” Cain said during a campaign stop in Tennessee. “That’s all I’m going to say. It is a lie. You see, that’s the difference when you become one or two in the polls. People make up stuff. That is a lie. I’m not going to take it back and not going to politically say, but unfortunately, that is not totally true. It’s a lie.”

Well, at least he has a sense of humor about it.

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“The Chew” To Replace “All My Children” Next Week

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The Chew, an hourlong daily talk show dedicated entirely to food, will make its début next week. It is the first new daytime show on ABC since The View went on the air in 1997. The Chew will fill the 1:00 p.m. slot now occupied by All My Children, which will end its more than forty-year run on ABC Friday.

The Chew has five full-time hosts: chef Mario Batali; Cleveland’s Iron Chef Michael Symon; What Not to Wear‘s Clinton Kelly; and Daphne Oz, the daughter of Dr. Oz.

The Chew is one of many new food shows building on the popularity of the Food Network.

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China Pulls “American Idol”-Style Show with Democratic Voting Process

Chinese government officials have placed a one-year suspension on the popular television talent show Super Girl, which was modeled after American Idol and has drawn nearly 400 million viewers.

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Super Girl captured the attention of millions. (Photo Courtesy of BBC)

The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) explained that the show exceeded the ninety-minute time limit for talent competitions, claiming that episodes of Super Girl can last more than three hours.

Government officials have described the program as “vulgar,” “manipulative,” and “poison for our youth.”

A spokesperson for Hunan Satellite Television said next year the station will air programs that encourage healthy morals, public safety, and housework.

Some suggest the ability of viewers to vote for their favorite contestants was “dangerously democratic.” The government banned text-message voting in 2007.

Super Girl was banned in 2006 for three years.

In addition to the ban on Super Girl, regulators also imposed a one-month suspension on a TV station in the Hebei province after it aired a son criticizing his father.

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Strauss-Kahn: What Happened in Hotel Suite a “Moral Weakness”

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What happened with a maid in a luxury New York hotel suite in May was a “moral weakness,” Dominique Strauss-Kahn said Sunday in a French television interview.

Strauss-Kahn denied any violence or aggression, saying the incident was “an error, a mistake — a mistake concerning my wife, my children, my friends” as well as the French people “who placed their hope for change in me.”

In May, Strauss-Kahn was pulled off a Paris-bound plane in New York over accusations he sexually assaulted a Guinean maid. Days later, he resigned from the International Monetary Fund, spent a few days in jail, and was put under house arrest. Last month, a judge dismissed sexual assault charges against Strauss-Kahn.

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Pat Robertson: Divorce Is Bad, Unless Your Spouse Has Alzheimer’s

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Religious wingnut Pat Robertson stunned 700 Club viewers Tuesday when he said divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease was totally okay.

Robertson, chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, said he wouldn’t “put a guilt trip” on someone for divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer’s, because the disease is “a kind of death.”

The remarks sparked outrage throughout medical and religious communities. (Maybe he’s been listening to too much Michele Bachmann.)

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Jamie Oliver to Work with the U.N. to Decrease Obesity Worldwide

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Jamie Oliver is known for advocating healthier diets and cooking habits on both sides of the Atlantic, but now the Naked Chef is working to decrease obesity worldwide.

On September 19 and 20, Oliver will debate obesity issues at the United Nations Conference on Non-Communicable Disease in New York along with other health and nutrition experts.

Oliver stressed that he wants obesity viewed as a human rights issue, as diet-related diseases are among the top five causes of death for people under sixty.

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“Good Eats” Tapes Its Last Show

Alton Brown, host of Good Eats, is about to disappoint his show’s legions of fans. This week, the show taped its last episode after thirteen years on the air.

Brown says he wants to go out on top. “I’ve got so many other projects I’m willing to do,” he told NPR’s Laura Sullivan, “and yet I’m not willing to let Good Eats slip down to even 95 percent.”

Each episode of Good Eats is like a miniature documentary, but Brown says he would hesitate to call it a “cooking show.” Instead, he says, he imagines it a combination of Julia Child, Monty Python, and Mr. Wizard.

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FCC Abolishes Fairness Doctrine

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On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission said it has abolished the controversial “Fairness Doctrine” that required broadcasters to present opposing views of controversial issues.

The Fairness Doctrine was implemented in 1949 when local broadcast markets had little competition. The regulation had not been enforced since the late 1980s and had been criticized as an overreach of media industry speech rights.

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