Today’s cup: deadly weather, goodbye Oprah, and Palin’s new movie

The weather across the U.S. continues to be brutal, and deadly.  Thirteen more people were killed Tuesday after storms moved through Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas, adding to the death toll from the tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri on Sunday, which now stands at 122.

“Don’t mess with my Medicare” must have been on a campaign poster somewhere for New York’s twenty-sixth House seat, since the entitlement program was the single issue over which voters elected a Democrat in a red, red, red Republican district. Of course, had former Representative Chris Lee not sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman on Craigslist, claiming he was divorced (not true!) and 39 years old (he’s 46!), Kathy Hochul would not have a had a victory party Tuesday night after winning the election with 48% of the vote to her GOP rival’s 42%.

John Edwards will be prosecuted for violating campaign finance laws in his attempt to cover up the extra marital affair he had with Rielle Hunter while running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.  Edwards will likely seek a plea arrangement in order to avoid an expensive and tortuous trial.

After the heaviest strikes yet bombarded Tripoli on Tuesday, continuing NATO’s campaign against Libyan leader Moammar Qadafi, the country’s anti-government movement was given a vote of confidence yesterday when President Obama offered them an office in Washington D.C. No word yet on whether it’s a corner office, but the rebels accepted, hoping it will lead to recognition of their legitimacy as the de facto representatives of the Libyan people.

The Commodities Futures Trading Commission has sued two oil-trading firms for allegedly manipulating the price of oil.  Can you imagine?  What could this suggest?  That gas prices aren’t actually based on reality?  I find that hard to believe.  Interested in goofing around with oil prices yourself?  Kevin Drum at Mother Jones would like to help.

Oprah Winfrey says farewell after 25 years today on her finale, airing on ABC at 3pm.

Coming this June: a feature length documentary about Sarah Palin, explaining why she quit her job as governor of Alaska and why she’d be an excellent choice for the GOP presidential nominee.  Can’t wait to see it.

Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday at a conference in Paris that Facebook is not for those under thirteen years of age…yet.  Well, thanks Mark, because the longer we can delay this right of social passage for our children, the easier it will be to educate them that everything you say on the internet stays on the internet for eternity.  Everything.  Just ask Sarah Palin.

I’ve loved Hines Ward as a Pittsburgh Steeler for years, and it’s been fun to watch him dance the last few months on “Dancing with the Stars”.  Last night, he won the competition over the very talented young Chelsea Kane and the very seasoned underdog, Kirstie Alley, who surprisingly took second place.  Her brevity Monday night doing a cartwheel in a sparkly body suit made me overlook the fact that she didn’t dance very well at all.

She was a bit of a bromide this morning at the gathering.  Thankfully, the bacon distracted me.

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