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The “intellectual grandfather” of the Tea Party movement, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), on Friday announced on Good Morning America his intent to run for president for the third time. In case you were wondering why, senior writer at libertarian Reason Magazine Brian Doherty says it’s because Paul wants to promote his issues as much as he wants to get into the White House. “He’s not in politics to do well for himself, but to get a set of ideas out. Running for president is a surprisingly successful way to get that message out.” No shit? So is holding a ridiculous sign and screaming like a dumbass, apparently.

Ron Paul’s plan if he makes it into the White House: "I am just absolutely convinced that the best formula for giving us peace and preserving the American way of life is freedom, limited government, and minding our own business overseas."

Hell hath no fury like women scorned: U.S. intelligence officers, under the supervision of Pakistani’s intelligence service, have conducted interviews with three of Osama bin Laden’s wives. Senior Pakistani government officials described the interviews as “hostile.”

The youngest of the three widows, 29-year-old Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah of Yemen, was shot in the leg by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs on the day of bin Laden’s assassination. A U.S. official has identified the other two as Khairah Sabar, also known as “Umm Hamza,” and Siham Sabar, or “Umm Khalid.” It is unclear as to whether or not “Umm” is actually a part of their names.

The women were three of bin Laden’s five wives, two of whom had separated from him. Together they had given birth to 20 of his children, one of whom was killed in the assassination attempt. The U.S. is hoping to gather intelligence about al Qaeda and figure out if Pakistan was playing guesthouse to the al Qaeda leader. Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik told CNN on Tuesday that giving the U.S. access to the wives should put to rest any skepticism about Pakistan’s allegiance to removing the al Qaeda threat. “If Pakistan had 'skeletons' to hide, do you think we would allow access to the (widows) and the children of Osama?" he asked.

Pubescent pop sensation Justin Bieber yesterday said that he plans to meet a New Jersey teen who lost her father on 9/11 and asked President Obama last week to introduce the two at Ground Zero. According to the New York Post, the president met 14-year-old Payton Wall at a ceremony for families who lost loved ones during the September 11 attacks and told the girl that he “knows Justin” and would help arrange a get-together. The president has also promised to introduce Biebs to the economy.

Marsha West of the American Family Association has issued a warning for all Christians in a recent publication: “yoga, even if it’s labeled Christian, is diametrically opposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Yogalates, however, cannot get more Jesus-y. Like baby yoga.

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