Morning News and Stuff

May 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Newt Gingrich began playing defense Tuesday during an interview with Fox News in an attempt to deflect the blitz of negative press stemming from his comments on Medicare and health care, and his reported debt to Tiffany’s.

The former House Speaker launched his presidential campaign just a week ago and is already apologizing to people. Gingrich apologized to House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and said he regrets calling the Wisconsin Republican’s Medicare plan “right-wing social engineering … I made a mistake” and “I support what he’s trying to do in the budget.”—-

During the interview, Gingrich said that the 18-year-old video clip of him supporting a mandate that individuals carry health insurance — basically Obamacare — has been taken out of context. “I do not support a mandate,” Gingrich said. “I am opposed to Obamacare and have been for the last two years.”

But Gingrich refused to comment on the Politico report that Gingrich owes around $500,000 to luxury jeweler Tiffany’s, saying he won’t engage in “Trivial Pursuit.”

The rock was this freaking big! My girlfriend wife other girlfriend just had to have it!”

President Barack Obama plans to visit CIA headquarters on Friday to thank the intelligence officers involved in the successful May 2 raid of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. Earlier this month Obama paid tribute to members of the strike team during a visit to Fort Campbell, Ky. Obama will head to Langley, Va., “to meet with a broad range of the intelligence community to thank them for their work to keep America safe and for the excellent work in tracking down Osama bin Laden,” the White House said. 

Three weeks ago — before International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused of attempted rape in New York City — Strauss-Kahn imagined “a woman who would be raped in a parking lot and who would then be promised 500,000 or a million euros to invent such a story,” in an interview with a French daily. Speaking to the daily newspaper Liberation, Strauss-Kahn touched on suggestions he could become France’s Socialist party candidate for president, and he discussed the long “campaign to come and the difficulties he will have to overcome,” the paper reported. The difficulties being “money, women and my Jewishness.” He added, “Yes I love my women … so what? For years they have been talking about photos of massive orgies, but I have not seen anything … Why don’t they show them!”

The 62-year-old IMF chief is accused of nakedly chasing a housekeeping employee through his Manhattan hotel suite and sexually assaulting her. "The forensic evidence, we believe, will not be consistent with a forcible account, and we believe there is a very, very defensible case," attorney Benjamin Brafman said during the arraignment.

The online auction of “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski’s personal items beings today, with the proceeds going to compensate some of his victims. The auction will run through June 2, according to a U.S. Marshals Service statement released last week. About 60 items are up for auction, including “more than 20,000 pages of written documents, including the original handwritten and typewritten versions” of Kaczynski’s manifesto, authorities said.

Lisa Edelstein, who portrays Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the Fox drama House, has said that she will not return to the show next season but has assured us all it’s not lupus.

Kirstie Alley last night compared being on Dancing With the Stars to being nominated for an Emmy. “I think it’s going to be like winning an Oscar. Because it’s something I haven’t won before, it’s something I’ve always really wanted. It’s a different category, but I feel like we were just nominated!”

Newt Gingrich and his wife Calista were told to “feel the rainbow” by a protestor Tuesday. The man dumped confetti on the two during a book signing in Minneapolis.