Rep. Michael Grimm Non-Apologizes for Threatening to Throw NY1 Reporter "Off This Fucking Balcony" [UPDATED]

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Oh thank God, something interesting happened during the State of the Union. We'd thought the highlight of the evening might be watching House Speaker John Boehner stubbornly refusing to crack a smile, glowering over the president's shoulder, while next to him, Joe Biden beamed maniacally and methodically seduced the ladies of the audience with his focused pointing.

But no: The real fun came afterward, when New York 1 Capitol reporter Michael Scotto tried to grab a minute with Congressman Michael Grimm, dignified representative of Staten Island and Brooklyn under investigation by both the feds and the House Ethics Committee for alleged campaign finance violations. Scotto wanted to talk about those allegations; Grimm had other, more athletic ideas.

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Ruben Diaz, Sr.: "I Praise the Lord" for Ability to Support Republican Bob Turner in NY -9

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"Senator Reverend" Ruben Diaz, Sr., the sole Democratic Senator to vote against the Marriage Equality Act, has just announced that he's supporting Republican Bob Turner in tomorrow's special election in NY-9, which will fill the seat vacated by Anthony Weiner.

Gee, we wonder . . . what issue could possibly have been behind his rather enthusiastic endorsement?

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Canadian Prime Minister Renames Government After Himself

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"You gotta admit it's catchy!"
Forget everything you know about the Government of Canada. (We'll wait.) Forgotten? Good, because CBC News reports that the Government of Canada has been officially renamed "The Harper Government" by Prime Minister/re-branding expert Stephen Harper. All official communiqué have been ordered to use the new title because, well, Stephen Harper loves him some Stephen Harper.

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The Do's and Don'ts of NYC Election Day 2010

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Election Day! It's the opportunity for We, The People to have our voices heard, as we vote for people who likely have nothing but contempt for us and self-interest at heart, who aren't even the best people for the job, because anyone with a functioning brain knows the Good Money and the Good Power will never not be in the private sector. That said, we've got a few tips as you head to the election booth today. Democracy, now!

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Fear and Loathing in the Holland Tunnel: One More Take on Jon Stewart's Serious Speech

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Have you heard enough about this rally that happened in D.C. this weekend? Maybe. We've already told you what it was like and what the best signs looked like. But what about what it looked like from TV, far away from the uncontested idealism and cheer? Village Voice film editor Allison Benedikt reports from a different elevation: down-to-earth and grounded in reality. Allison?

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Upon New WikiLeaks Iraq War Dump, Julian Assange Questioned As a Leader

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The latest release from war whistle-blowers WikiLeaks -- over 390,000 classified documents about the Iraq War -- "constituted the most comprehensive and detailed account of any war ever to have entered the public record," according to the group's founder, Julian Assange, who is profiled today in the New York Times. But in addition to the content of the documents, which are still being parsed and likely will for years to come (one initial headline-worthy number: 15,000 additional civilian deaths) is a blooming personal drama centered around Assange, whose "own comrades are abandoning him for what they see as erratic and imperious behavior, and a nearly delusional grandeur unmatched by an awareness that the digital secrets he reveals can have a price in flesh and blood." Ouch.

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Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty Sounds Like a Real Charmer/Asshole

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Washington, D.C.'s got a mayoral election coming up. As such, there's no better time for the Washington City Paper's Alan Suderman to run a terrific profile on the incumbent, Adrian Fenty, entitled "Adrian Fenty is a Jerk." Quite the thesis! How so?

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Louis Farrakhan and Friends Crash Obama's Memorial Day BBQ

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Can't the president catch a goddamn break these days? All the man wanted to do was enjoy a burger, maybe a hot dog with some extra salt, on this sunny holiday weekend, but some thuggish types from the Nation of Islam had to engage in a sort of "stand-off" outside. On the opposing end? None other than another thuggish group: the White House press corps. Predictably, the Secret Service got involved, but no punches were thrown. Someone did have to pee eventually, though. More on that later.

It all started because someone stepped on Louis Farrakhan's lawn. And it gets more bizarre from there.

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